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 ConcertsGo to top of List
 
CHARLOTTESVILLE OPERA CELEBRATES ERIC OWENS
Charlottesville Opera.
Attend a benefit concert featuring internationally acclaimed bass-baritone Eric Owens and help the Charlottesville Opera launch its 42nd season. Upgrade your tickets and stick around after the performance for a champagne reception with the singer himself in the Jefferson room. Farmington Country Club.  Directions: The Grand Ballroom, .  7pm.  $100, $250 for premium seating and reception access.  Email: info@charlottesvilleopera.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-4500. 
 
November 16, Friday
WOMEN ON THE MIC
The Front Porch.
Five central Virginia female singers, songwriters and musicians will take to the stage for the evening, including Erin Lunsford, Devon Sproule, Sally Rose, Becca Porter and Emily Julia Kresky. Fight Like a Grrrl (FLAG), the event's partner organization, strives to empower people with the ability to protect their physical and emotional wellbeing through female-driven self-defense education. The Front Porch.  8-10pm.  $12-$15.  All ages welcome.  Email: Booking@frontporchcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 201-925-4464. 
 
November 24, Saturday
PARAMOUNT PRESENTS: MIKE SUPER - MAGIC & ILLUSION 2.OH!
The Paramount Theater.
In this brand new show, Mike will appear from an actual projection image. He plans to give the audience the winning Powerball numbers. The Paramount Theater.  7pm.  $29.75-$44.75.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
November 26, Monday
UVA WIND ENSEMBLE FALL CONCERT
UVA McIntire Department of Music.
Directed by Willliam Pease, the UVA Wind Ensemble features 52 of the most outstanding brass, woodwind, and percussion players at the University. The UVA Wind Ensemble is dedicated to excellent performance and diverse repertoire encompassing a wide variety of styles and composers. Hunter Smith Band Building, UVA.  7pm.  Contact: UVA McIntire Department of Music.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3376. 
 
December 1, Saturday
CHRISTMAS WITH THE CONSORT
The Virginia Consort.
Get geared up for the Virginia Consort's annual candlelight Christmas concert with the Youth Chorale. Recommended for school-aged children and older. First Presbyterian Church.  Directions: 500 Park St.  4:30pm & 7:30pm.  $TBD.  Email: consort2@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-244-8444. 
 
December 1 & 2, Saturday & Sunday
FAMILY HOLIDAY CONCERTS
Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra and the University Singers .
The Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia and the UVA University Singers join forces to present their annual Family Holiday Concerts. Performances will be held at Old Cabell Hall on the Grounds of the University of Virginia. On both days, ensembles of orchestra musicians will welcome audiences in the lobby with holiday carols. Recommended for ages 6-plus. UVA's Old Cabell Hall.  8pm Saturday, 3:30pm Sunday.  $11-$47.  All ages welcome.  Email: tickets@email.virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3376. 
 
December 2, Sunday
MISSY RAINES TRIO
The Front Porch.
Missy Raines, as one of The First Ladies in Bluegrass, was just awarded Recorded Event of the year. 7-time award winner of the IBMA Bass Player of the Year, Missy Raines is considered to be one of the most respected, popular and trailblazing figures in bluegrass today. She now leads her own innovative and genre-bending trio out of Nashville, which plays a a rich, jazz-tinged combination of bluegrass and \ Americana. The Front Porch.  8-10pm.  $15-$18.  All ages welcome.  Email: booking@frontporchcville.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 201-925-4464. 
 
December 4, Tuesday
MESSIAH SING-IN
University of Virginia McIntire Department of Music.
Come participate in a UVa tradition that has lasted for over 40 years. The UVA Messiah Sing-In remains a simple and joyous event, relying on the University and Charlottesville communities to come together to sing and perform one of the greatest oratorios ever written. This event benefits UVA choral ensembles. Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia.  8pm.  $5 students, $10 adults.  All ages welcome.  Email: tickets@email.virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3376. 
 
December 8, Saturday
BLUE RIDGE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA FALL CONCERT
Blue Ridge Chamber Orchestra.
Come listen to this classical string ensemble of roughly two dozen musicians from Charlottesville and surrounding central Virginia. The group includes local music teachers and semiprofessional performers, veterans of high school and college orchestras, and advanced/intermediate adult learners. Meade Hall, Christ Episcopal Church.  Directions: 2nd St. NW and High St.  3pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: brco@brco.avenue.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-1617. 
 
December 2 & 8, Sunday & Saturday
HOLIDAY JUBILEE CONCERT
Nelson County Community Orchestra.
Enjoy free seasonal music performed by the Nelson County Community Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Michael Tyree. Head to the venue early on December 2 for an opportunity to attend an open rehearsal. Rockfish Valley Community Center (Dec. 2), Second Stage Amherst (Dec. 8).  Directions: Afton.  2:45-3pm rehearsal, 4pm concert Sunday; 7pm concert Sunday.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
November 30 & December 8, Friday & Saturday
VIRGINIA GLEE CLUB'S 78TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Virginia Glee Club/McIntire Department of Music.
The UVA Glee Club performs seasonal favorites with plenty of audience participation and entertainment for the entire family. Old Cabell Hall (Nov. 30) & First Presbyterian Church (Dec. 8).  8pm.  $15 general admission, $5 students.  Email: tickets@email.virginia.edu. For details, please click this link. 
 
December 10, Sunday
A BLUE RIDGE CHRISTMAS WITH THE VIRGINIA CONSORT
Wintergreen Performing Arts.
From classic Christmas tunes to magnificent classical masterpieces, this concert will surely lift your spirits and get you ready for the Holiday season. Rockfish Presbyterian Church, Nellysford.  4pm.  $35.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-325-8292. 
 
December 9, Sunday
CHARLOTTESVILLE MUNICIPAL BAND 96TH SEASON HOLIDAY CONCERT
Municipal Band of Charlottesville.
It's not Christmas in Charlottesville until the Municipal Band plays seasonal and traditional music at its annual holiday concert. Please bring a canned good to donate to the Emergency Food Bank. Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center.  Directions: 1400 Melbourne Ave.  3:30-5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: municipalband@embarqmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-9850. 
 
December 15, Saturday
THE ORATORIO SOCIETY OF VIRGINIA PRESENTS: CHRISTMAS AT THE PARAMOUNT
The Paramount Theater.
Join The Oratorio Society of Virginia for this beloved Charlottesville tradition and family favorite. Music Director Michael Slon conducts a 90-person chorus composed of some of the community's finest singers. The Paramount Theater.  2:30pm & 7:30pm.  $10-$49.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
December 15, Saturday
WILSON FAIRCHILD CHRISTMAS
The Wayne Theatre.
A Christmas show from the country duo. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  8pm.  $35.  Email: info@waynetheatre.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
March 31, Sunday
UVA CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES PRESENTS RIVANNA STRING QUARTET
UVA McIntire Department of Music.
Bringing an array of musicians to provide professional performances to the University and the central Virginia community, the UVA Chamber Music Series presents the Rivanna String Quartet. Old Cabell Hall, UVA.  3:30pm.  $Free-$15.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3376. 
 
 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
November 16 & 17
INLIGHT RICHMOND
1708 Gallery.
This open exhibition features a wide range of light-based art, including sculpture, video, performances and interactive projects, right in the heart of Richmond. The tenth anniversary InLight event will focus on the theme of community, and it will offer lantern-crafting opportunities and a dazzling parade. West Broad Street in the Arts and Culture District, Richmond.  6-7pm lantern making (Friday & Saturday), 7pm parade (Friday).  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: esmith@1708gallery.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-643-1708. 
 
November 17-18
PETER MAX'S "THE RETROSPECTIVE: 1960-2018"
A newly-curated collection, courtesy of artist Peter Max, will be on exhibition and available for acquisition at a presentation at Chasen Galleries, a fine arts staple in Richmond. A preview of the exhibition will go live on Saturday, November 10th starting at 6pm. Chasen Galleries.  Directions: 3101 Ellwood Avenue, Richmond.  4-8pm Saturday; 1-3pm Sunday.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: rose@chasengalleries.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-204-1048. 
 
December 7, Friday
12TH ANNUAL LET THERE BE LIGHT: AN OUTDOOR ART EXHIBIT
Piedmont Virginia Community College.
An evening of light-centered art and performances illuminating the outdoors for one night only. The exhibition celebrates the approach of winter solstice and the longest night of the year. Rain date December 8. Piedmont Virginia Community College.  Directions: Exhibit located on the grounds outside the V. Earl Dickinson Building.  6-9pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: boxoffice@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 961-5376. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Farm & Orchard EventsGo to top of List
 
April 7-November 15, Weekend Afternoons
BARN AND FARM HISTORY DAYS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Come enjoy the barn at Ivy Creek Natural Area.This was formerly the showpiece of the working farm known as River View Farm. Enjoy the displays including an observing beehive and farm equipment. Open every weekend afternoon until Thanksgiving. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  2-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
Now-November
PICK YOUR OWN APPLES
The Market at Grelen.
Every Saturday and Sunday starting September 20 take a free hayride to the orchards from 12-3pm where you can pick your own apples. 15091 Yager Rd, Somerset.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
November 17, Saturday
3RD ANNUAL FALL FOLIAGE FESTIVAL
Bold Rock Hard Cider.
A family and pet-friendly celebration with live music, hay rides, apple bobbing and crushing, pumpkin carving, food and refreshments and other fall-themed activities. Bold Rock Hard Cider, Nellysford.  11am-8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-1030. 
 
November 17, Saturday
APPLE CIDER PRESSING DEMONSTRATION
Saunders Brothers Market.
Observe Papa Saunders' antique cider press in action, then taste the freshness of the finished product. Music by David Matthews of Lovingston will follow. Saunders Brothers Market, Piney River.  Directions: 2717 Tye Brook Hwy.  11am-3pm.  $No cover.  All ages welcome.  Email: farmmarket@saundersbrothers.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-277-5455, ext. 37. 
 
November 17, Saturday
THE WHITE PIG ANIMAL SANCTUARY OPEN HOUSE
Dina Brigish .
The White Pig Animal Sanctuary, located just outside of Charlottesville, VA, will be opening its doors for the first time to the public. This family-friendly open house will include tours of the farm, interaction with the animals, walking trails, live music by Butterfly Vendetta, a bonfire, animal-free food and drink and more. The White Pig Animal Sanctuary, Schuyler.  Directions: 5120 Irish Rd.  12-8pm.  $Donations welcome at the door.  All ages welcome.  Email: dina@thewhitepig.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-831-1416. 
 
November 11 & 18
LIVE MUSIC ON THE HILL
Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards.
Head to Pippin Hill on Sundays in November to enjoy live tunes and stunning scenery. On November 11, Willie DE will blend folk, blues and a dash of jazz to create a fresh, original sound. On November 18, Mike and Joy will bring gorgeous harmonies, masterful guitar work, catchy originals and a fun mix of covers to the Pippin Hill Lawn. Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, North Garden.  Directions: 5022 Plank Rd.  1-4pm.  $No cover.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@pippinhillfarm.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-202-8063. 
 
April-November, Weekends
PANCAKE BREAKFASTS AT CHILES PEACH ORCHARD
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Come start the day off right. Enjoy our delicious breakfast of all-you-can-eat pancakes with our fresh fruit topping served with a side of sausage and OJ/milk/coffee. Eat until you're full, then stroll the farm market for delicious fruit and unique and local gift items. Chiles Peach Orchard, Crozet.  10am-12pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-1583. 
 
September-November, Weekends
APPLE HARVEST CELEBRATION
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Join the Chiles Family for food, hayrides, wine tastings, apple picking and all things apple - including apple butter, apple cider, apple cider donuts and apple pie! Pumpkins will come in mid to late September, and on September 15-16, a reenactment of Johnny Appleseed's history with apples will take place. Carter Mountain Orchard.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1833. 
 
August-November
CARTER MOUNTAIN ORCHARD PICK-YOUR-OWN APPLES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Pick your own apples from mid-August to late November and look for hayrides and pumpkins in the fall, and enjoy baked goods, jams and hot apple cider donuts-a mouth-watering local tradition-year-round. This is also a great place to bring visitors, since the panoramic view of Charlottesville and the Blue Ridge Mountains is fantastic. Carter Mountain Orchard.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1833. 
 
December 6, Thursday
CROSSKEYS 10TH ANNUAL ILLUMINATION
CrossKeys Vineyards.
Witness the lighting of the winery and enjoy live music by Jimmy O. This is a family-friendly event with homemade cookies and hot chocolate. RSVP if you plan to stay for dinner. CrossKeys Vineyards, Mt. Crawford.  Directions: 6011 East Timber Ridge Rd.  5:30-8:30pm.  $Free admission.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@crosskeysvineyards.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-234-0505. 
 
December 9, Sunday
OLD-FASHIONED FARM CHRISTMAS
Stable Craft Brewing.
Celebrate the holidays and get into the Christmas spirit with horse and carriage rides, an old-fashioned Christmas tree lighting ceremony and plenty of caroling. Participate in the Clark Griswold Christmas Costume Contest and visit with Santa Claus, too. Stable Craft Brewing, Waynesboro.  Directions: 375 Madrid Rd.  12-8pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-490-2609. 
 
November 23-24 & December 1, 8 & 15
CLAYBROOKE TREE FARM
Claybrooke Farm.
Check the farm website and Facebook for special events, visits from Santa, food vendors and demonstrations. Hayrides are provided continuously to and from the fields. Saws are provided along with cutting and loading assistance. Claybrooke Farm.  Directions: Mineral.  10am-5pm.  Email: claybrookefarm@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-872-3817. 
 
November 23-December 15, Fridays & Saturdays
PICK OUT YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE
Saunders Brothers Market.
Both cut and live trees. Firs, Spruces and Pines available. Saunders Brothers Market.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-277-5455. 
 
November 23-December
CHRISTMAS TREES AT CHISHOLM VINEYARDS AT ADVENTURE FARM
Chisholm Vineyards at Adventure Farm.
Come get your tree and wreaths starting on Black Friday. Chisholm Vineyards at Adventure Farm Tasting Room.  12-6pm Thursdays-Sundays.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-971-8796. 
 
November 23-December
CHRISTMAS TREES AT THE MARKET AT GRELEN
The Market at Grelen.
Pre-order a Virginia tree and choose from a selection of handmade wreaths and swags. The Market at Grelen.  Directions: Somerset.  10am-4pm Wednesday-Sunday.  Email: info@themarketatgrelen.com . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
November-December
LONG MEADOW TREE FARM
Long Meadow Tree Farm.
Choose from Pines, Spruces and Firs. Pre-cut Firs, handmade wreaths and table arrangements also available. Stop by the new market and pick up winter vegetables and other goodies, too. Check website for days and times. Long Meadow Tree Farm, Waynesboro.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-649-4307. 
 
November 23-December 22
FOXFIRE CHRISTMAS TREE FARM
Foxfire Christmas Tree Farm.
Choose from and cut down Norway Spruces, Douglas Firs and a limited number of pines. For large trees, be sure to come early. Wreaths, saws, twine, baling and loading are available, as well as fresh wreaths and garland. Foxfire Christmas Tree Farm, Scottsville.  Directions: 451 Foxfire Rd.  9am-5pm Wednesday-Monday.  $37.50-$45.00.  All ages welcome.  Email: oxfirefarm@nccwildblue.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-286-3445. 
 
November 23-December 23, Thursdays-Sundays
BEES & TREES FARM
Bees & Trees Farm.
Cut your own tree, then enjoy complimentary cider while you browse the Christmas shop. Choose from Canaan and Fraser Firs, White, Blue and Norway Spruce, Leyland and Carolina Sapphire Cypress, and Scotch and White Pines. 18028 Carrico Mills Rd, Elkwood.  Check online..  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-423-9020. 
 
November 23-December 24
CUT-YOUR-OWN TREE AT SPRUCE ROCK FARM
Spruce Rock Farm.
Cut your own Blue Spruce, Canaan and Douglas Firs, and Concolor Fir or select from pre-cut Fraser firs. Free tree shaking, baling, hot cider and chocolate. Browse around in the Christmas shop stocked with wreaths, Christmas tree items, ornaments, stockings, miniature village houses and more. Cash or checks only. Spruce Rock Farm, Brightwood.  10am-4pm Saturdays & Sundays, by appointment Monday-Friday.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-543-2309. 
 
LOCAL FARMS & ORCHARDS
Charlottesville-Albemarle has many great outdoor opportunities for families and perennial favorites are berry-picking, pumpkin picking, and springtime farm visits to see baby animals. In our AF Guide to Family Fun you'll find listings for farms and orchards that welcome families. Please be courteous and call ahead to plan your visit--these wonderful places are also home for the farmers. For details, please click this link. 
 
Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays in November
MORNINGS WITH THE MINIS
Morning Sun Minis.
Spend time interacting with and learning about miniature horses and enjoy an intimate, personalized session. Morning Sun Minis.  Directions: 6946 Louisa Rd.  By appointment.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-272-5267. 
 
THE QUARTERLY PUBLICATION, LOCALLY CHARLOTTESVILLE
Dedicated to promoting locally owned independent businesses, Locally Charlottesville has the scoop on fun, seasonal events happening around town. For details, please click this link. 
 
 FestivalsGo to top of List
 
November 16, Friday
GREEK FEST AND BAKE SALE
Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church.
Traditional Greek foods served for lunch and dinner with lots of Greek pastries and goodies. Both meals include Greek style green beans, Greek salad, a roll, a beverage and a Greek cookie. Bake sale items available for purchase. Vegetarian options available. Enter the raffle for awesome prizes, too. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Charlottesville Free Clinic. Greek Orthodox Hellenic Center.  10am-8pm.  $15 lunch/dinner.  All ages welcome.  Email: mabournos@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-5337. 
 
November 17, Saturday
3RD ANNUAL FALL FOLIAGE FESTIVAL
Bold Rock Hard Cider.
A family and pet-friendly celebration with live music, hay rides, apple bobbing and crushing, pumpkin carving, food and refreshments and other fall-themed activities. Bold Rock Hard Cider, Nellysford.  11am-8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-1030. 
 
November 17-18, Saturday-Sunday
HOPI TRIBAL FESTIVAL
Smithsonian.
The Hopi Tribe is a sovereign nation located in northeastern Arizona, and their nation encompasses more than 1.5-million acres and 12 villages across three mesas. During this all-day, two-day festival, the Hopi people will share artist demonstrations, performances of music and dance and a presentation of the history of the Hopi Code Talkers. The Hopi Youth Color Guard will present and retire the colors at the beginning and end of each day, too. National Museum of the American Indian, Potomac Atrium, Washington, D.C..  Directions: 4th St. SW & Independence Ave. SW.  10am-5pm.  $Free.  Email: AlvarezMA@si.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 202-633-6888. 
 
November 24-25, Saturday-Sunday
DECK THE HALLS OPEN HOUSE
Early Mountain Vineyards.
Local makers and artisans present their crafts, and Early Mountain offers a wide array of food and wine. Holiday fun for the whole family. Early Mountain Vineyards, Madison.  11am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-9005. 
 
November 30, Friday
CHARLOTTESVILLE'S GRAND ILLUMINATION!
City of Charlottesville/UVA Community Credit Union/Ting.
This popular holiday event is free for all ages to enjoy and features musical performances, kids' crafts and activities, character photos, a visit from Santa and friends and over 20,000 LED bulbs illuminating the community tree and Downtown Central Place. The tree lighting begins at 7:30pm, followed by "Home Alone" showing at The Paramount Theater at 8pm. Downtown Mall Central Place.  5:30-8pm; 8pm film.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: ricej@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-409-8226. 
 
December 1, Saturday
ENCHANTED EXTRAVAGANZA IV
The Market at Grelen.
Enjoy a day full of holiday cheer. Experience festive fare, gifts prepared by local vendors, music, fresh Christmas trees and greens, wreath workshops and more. Visit with Santa for free from 11am-2pm. The Market at Grelen, Somerset.  Directions: 15901 Yager Rd.  9am-4pm.  $No cover.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
December 9, Saturday
CHILDREN'S HOLIDAY FESTIVAL
Amazement Square.
The Children's Holiday Festival is a joy-filled family event. The magic, twinkle and tradition of this annual event continues to bring families and friends back year after year to enjoy a pancake breakfast and photos with Santa, holiday crafts, science demonstrations and all-day admission. Amazement Square, Lynchburg.  TBD.  $TBD.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-845-1888. 
 
October 27, November 17, December 15; Saturdays
HOLIDAY SHOPPING AT THE FARMERS MARKET
Madison County Volunteer Fire Company.
Pay a visit to the MESA Harvest Festival Fundraiser in October and the Perfectly Piedmont Expo and Holiday Market in November and December. Madison Fairgrounds Young Farmers' Pavilion in October; Madison County Volunteer Fire Company in November and December.  8am-12pm.  $No cover.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-6881. 
 
November 23, 2018-January 7, 2019
DOMINION GARDENFEST OF LIGHTS
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Come out to this holiday tradition featuring more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday activities and more. Closed December 24 & 25. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  5-10pm.  $13 for adults, $11 seniors, $8 ages 3-12.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
Ongoing
SCHOOL FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Many local schools host wonderful special events each year--fairs, festivals, dances, spaghetti suppers and more. Because they are designed by parents for families you can be sure of having a good time and supporting a worthwhile cause. For details, please click this link. 
 
 History ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
November 15, Thursday
DIRECTOR'S CONVERSATION WITH STEVE INSKEEP
Smithsonian.
Steve Inskeep, host of NPR's Morning Edition, is also the author of Jacksonland, a history of President Andrew Jackson's long-running conflict with John Ross, a Cherokee chief who resisted the removal of Indians from the eastern United States in the 1830s. Inskeep will join Kevin Gover (Pawnee), director of the National Museum of the American Indian, for a conversation about the museum's newest exhibition, Americans and the history of Indian Removal. National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmuson Theater, Washington, D.C..  Directions: 4th St. SW & Independence Ave. SW.  6pm.  $Free.  Email: AlvarezMA@si.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 202-633-6888. 
 
November 17, Saturday
AFFAIRS OF THE HEARTH AT HENRICUS HISTORICAL PARK
Henricus Historical Park.
Explore 17th-century cooking in the daily life of English soldiers, middle-class colonists and Virginia Indians. Demonstrations at the Virginia Indian site features the smoking of meat and making harvest stew and corn cakes. See demos of how soldiers made small rations of their food. All foster children and their families get in free - see site for details. Henricus Historical Park, Chester.  Directions: 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester.  All Day.  $$9 Adults, $7 Children ages 6-12, Patrons Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-748-1611. 
 
November 17, Saturday
HAMILTON VS JEFFERSON: "HISTORY HAS ITS EYES ON YOU"
Monticello.
What really happened between Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton? Did they disagree in everything or were there some shared goals for our new country? Come hear a lively debate between rockstar historians, colleagues and friends Joanne Freeman, Annette Gordon-Reed, Barbara Oberg and Peter Onuf. Doors open at 4pm. A book signing by the speakers will follow the discussion. Monticello.  4:30-5:30pm.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
November 17-18, Saturday-Sunday
HOPI TRIBAL FESTIVAL
Smithsonian.
The Hopi Tribe is a sovereign nation located in northeastern Arizona, and their nation encompasses more than 1.5-million acres and 12 villages across three mesas. During this all-day, two-day festival, the Hopi people will share artist demonstrations, performances of music and dance and a presentation of the history of the Hopi Code Talkers. The Hopi Youth Color Guard will present and retire the colors at the beginning and end of each day, too. National Museum of the American Indian, Potomac Atrium, Washington, D.C..  Directions: 4th St. SW & Independence Ave. SW.  10am-5pm.  $Free.  Email: AlvarezMA@si.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 202-633-6888. 
 
November 16-18, Friday-Sunday
THE MIND OF MADISON
James Madison's Montpelier.
This seminar will consider several of the subjects that vexed Madison the most, how his views evolved through his long life of public service and the relevance (or irrelevance) of those ideas today. James Madison's Montpelier.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
November 23, Friday
NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE DAY: FAMILY FUN FRIDAY
Smithsonian.
This celebration of Native American Heritage Day features hands-on activities, make-and-takes and music and interactive dance presentations. National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C..  Directions: 4th St. SW & Independence Ave. SW.  10am-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: AlvarezMA@si.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 202-633-6888. 
 
November 24, Saturday
FRIENDSHIP, TRADE & FEAST AT HENRICUS HISTORICAL PARK
Henricus Historical Park.
Join English and Virginia Indian historical interpreters for the autumn harvest feasts and fun common to 17th-century Virginia residents. Immerse yourself in cooking, games, songs and dances common to the homes in 1611-1622 Virginia. Registration required. Henricus Historical Park, Chester.  Directions: 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester.  All day.  $9 adult, $7 ages 6-12.  All ages welcome.  Email: henricus1611@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-748-1611. 
 
Saturdays in November
IMAGINATIONS CREATIONS!
Smithsonian.
Games are an important tradition shared by all ages in many Native communities. Several games are designed to build strength in both body and spirit through exercise, group cooperation and practicing important skills such as hand-eye coordination. Visitors are invited to learn about the many games that are regularly played throughout the Americas, then create a ball and triangle game to take home. This recurring event is recommended for ages 5-plus. National Museum of the American Indian.  Directions: 4th St. SW & Independence Ave. SW.  1:30-3:30pm.  $Free.  Email: AlvarezMA@si.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 202-633-6888. 
 
November 25, Sunday
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Visit with Thomas Jefferson for free and see the house decorated for the holidays. The Shop at Monticello will offer tastings and treats. Monticello.  9am-4:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@monticello.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9800. 
 
Tuesdays through Fridays in November
EXPLORNATIONS
Smithsonian.
Families are invited to celebrate Native culture by learning hands-on about Native foods. Visitors can explore the Three Sisters (corn, beans and squash), wild rice harvesting, berry gathering and more in the imagiNATIONS Activity Center. Participants might be surprised to find that some foods can be used for more than just eating. National Museum of the American Indian.  Directions: 4th St. SW & Independence Ave. SW.  10am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: AlvarezMA@si.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 202-633-6888. 
 
December 1, Saturday
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AT MONTPELIER
James Madison's Montpelier.
Tour the Madisons' home, decorated according to 19th-century customs, for free this holiday season. At the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center, enjoy visits with Santa, hands-on history activities for kids and delicious dining options for all. Bundle up and enjoy the brisk weather by taking a stroll along Montpelier's 8+ miles of trails through horse pastures, meadows and old-growth forests. James Madison's Montpelier.  Directions: 13384 Laundry Rd.  9am-4pm.  $Free, but donations are encouraged.  All ages welcome.  Email: cmoriarty@montpelier.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728, ext. 450. 
 
December 2, Sunday
OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS
Maymont.
Victorian ladies and gentlemen welcome you to Maymont Mansion to marvel at the grand Christmas tree, the opulently decorated formal rooms and the traditions enjoyed by the Dooleys and their guests in 1893. Horse-drawn carriage rides, excellent food and drink, festive music, a roaring bonfire and seasonal activities will fill everyone with old-fashioned holiday merriment. Maymont Mansion & Carriage House Lawn, Richmond.  Directions: 1700 Hampton St.  12-4:30pm.  $Tours: $5, $4 members and children (12 and under); Carriage rides: $5, $4 members and children (12 and under).  All ages welcome.  Email: info@maymont.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166, ext. 310. 
 
December 7-8, Friday-Saturday
MICHIE TAVERN YULETIDE FEAST
Michie Tavern.
Enjoy a Yuletide Feast in the Tavern, decorated in festive 18th-century tradition. Strolling musicians will entertain guests dining by candlelight. The bill of fare features a banquet of Virginia favorites, including country ham with raisin sauce, roasted turkey and giblet gravy, cornbread stuffing, candied yams and more traditional delectables. Michie Tavern.  Directions: 683 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy.  8pm seatings.  $19.95 + tax for children (10 and under), $39.95 + tax for adults.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@michietavern.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1234. 
 
December 8, Saturday
THREE CENTURIES OF VIRGINIA CHRISTMAS AT HENRICUS
Henricus Historical Park.
Henricus interpreters will demonstrate the changing traditions of English Christmas during the reigns of King James I (1621), King George III (1776) and Queen Victoria (1864). Afterward, everyone is invited to view the Parade of Lights out on the bluff from 6-9pm. Henricus Historical Park, Chester.  Directions: 251 Henricus Park Rd.  12-5pm, 6-9pm Parade of Lights.  $Free for Henricus patrons, $7 for children (ages 6-12), $9 for adults.  Email: henricushistoricalpark@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-748-1611. 
 
December 9, Sunday
YULETIDES AT AGECROFT: A CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE
Agecroft Hall.
Experience the Christmas season at Agecroft Hall from three different eras: England in 1640, London in 1860 and Richmond in 1942. Charles Dickens will do a lively reading from A Christmas Carol, and Father Christmas will hear your Christmas wishes. Help decorate, enjoy Victorian carols and dances, watch Morris Dancers and enjoy craft activities. This event has both outdoor and indoor elements, so be sure to bundle up. Agecroft Hall, Richmond.  Directions: 4305 Sulgrave Rd.  12:30-5pm.  Email: kreynolds@agecrofthall.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-353-4241. 
 
November 30-December 14, Thursdays-Saturdays
POPLAR FOREST HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT TOURS
Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.
Ring in the holidays with a magical candlelit tour of Mr. Jefferson's cherished villa retreat dressed for the holidays with 19th-century panache. Times vary per day, check website for details. Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.  Directions: 1542 Bateman Bridge Road, Forest.  5:30pm & 6:30pm.  $20.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-534-8120. 
 
December 14-16 & 21-23, Friday-Sunday
HOLIDAY LANTERN TOURS
The Frontier Culture Museum.
Come catch glimpses of Christmas Past and experience stories from around the world during the evening Holiday Lantern Tour at Staunton's Frontier Museum. Tickets go on sale November 1. Ages 3-plus. The Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  Directions: 1209 Richmond Rd.  6-8pm.  $13 children (under 13); $15 adults.  Email: visitor.center@frontiermuseum.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
December 7-8, 14-15, 21-23 & 26-30
HOLIDAY EVENING TOURS
Monticello.
Experience Monticello after dark, historically decorated and illuminated for the season. Guests meet their guide at The Shop at Monticello and are treated to seasonal refreshments. The tour offers a look at how the enslaved and free celebrated the holidays in Jefferson's time. See public and private rooms, including the iconic Dome Room, and enjoy live musical performances in the Parlor. The tour, lasting about 1.5 hours, is mot recommended for children under 6. Monticello.  5:30pm, 5:45pm & 6pm each evening.  $60.  Special Needs Accommodation: Tours not handicapped-accessible  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9800. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
Every Month, Third Saturday
TODDLER TIME AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Toddlers and their adult companions will love an adventure in the Griffin Discovery Room for story time, crafts, and special activities - the perfect introduction to the world of Thomas Jefferson! Monticello, Griffin Discovery Room.  9-10am.  $10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
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November 3, December 1 & 15
RVCC 12TH ANNUAL WINTER MARKETS
Rockfish Valley Community Center.
Find local produce, meats, cheeses, jams, baked goods, greenery, live music and arts and crafts. Each market, except for the one on December 15, coincides with RVCC's Pancake Breakfast and the Treasure Chest Boutique Bag Day. Rockfish Valley Community Center, Afton.  9am-12pm.  $No cover.  All ages welcome.  Email: mountainvision@earthlink.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-1725. 
 
November 17, Saturday
CRAFT FAIR AT ALBEMARLE HIGH SCHOOL
Albemarle High School.
The Albemarle High School Band Boosters is hosting a craft fair with crafters offering photography, jewelry, baskets, knit and crochet items, jams and relishes, soaps and candles, handbags and more. Albemarle High School.  Directions: Cafeteria.  9am-3pm.  Email: ahsbandcraftfair@gmail.com. For more info call: 434-975-9300. 
 
April 7-November 3, Saturdays
SCOTTSVILLE COMMUNITY FARMERS MARKET
Scottsville Chamber of Commerce.
Enjoy local produce, meat, eggs, baked goods, flowers, jams, and hand-crafted items in historic Scottsville. Scottsville Pavilion.  Directions: 125 Fleet St., Scottsville.  8am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Deb Smith.  Email: market@scottsville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-286-9267. 
 
November 18, Sunday
15TH ANNUAL MISTLETOE MARKET
Junior League of Charlottesville.
Join the Junior League of Charlottesville for its annual holiday shopping event featuring amazing artisans, craft makers and vendors from Charlottesville and surrounding areas. Tons of handcrafted goods, jewelry, specialty items, childrens gifts, home decor, holiday decorations and more will be available for purchase. All proceeds will directly benefit the Junior League of Charlottesville and the Charlottesville community. Boar's Head Pavilion.  10am-4pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: mistletoe@jlcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-570-9258. 
 
November 23-24, Friday-Saturday
CHRISTMAS FAIR
The Frontier Culture Museum.
The Frontier Culture Museum offers their version of the traditional, German-inspired Christmas Market with open-air booths selling handcrafted artisan gifts. The Frontier Culture Museum.  Friday 9am5pm, Saturday 9am5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
November 23 & 24, Friday & Saturday
POINSETTIA OPEN HOUSE
Milmont Greenhouse.
This annual holiday festival offers up homemade donuts and coffee, door prizes and over 30 varieties of poinsettias to get you feeling festive. Vendors will sell food, gifts and arts and crafts. The first 50 customers each day will receive a free poinsettia with the online coupon. Milmont Greenhouse, Waynesboro.  8am-5:30pm Friday, 8am-5pm Saturday.  $No cover.  All ages welcome.  Email: milmont@milmont.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-8408. 
 
November 30, Friday
HOLIDAY CRAFTS FAIR
North Branch School.
Forget mall crowds this holiday season. Knock out your seasonal shopping early at the Crafts Fair and select from gorgeous artisan gifts in a serene setting. A portion of the proceeds will benefit North Branch School. North Branch School, Afton.  Directions: 221 Mickens Rd.  8:30am-4pm.  $No cover.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@north-branch-school.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8450. 
 
December 1, Saturday
13TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY CRAFTACULAR
Craft Cville.
Don't miss this annual holiday market which showcases the best craftwork from Charlottesville, Waynesboro, Staunton, Richmond, Lynchburg and surrounding areas. Carver Recreation Center at the Historic Jefferson School.  10am-5pm.  $Free admission.  All ages welcome.  Email: fleavilleva@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
December 1, Saturday
34TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY BAZAAR
Charlottesville Waldorf School.
Local artisans, handmade gifts, a raffle and gift making for adults and children that includes jump-rope making, leather stamping, and candle-dipping. For the kids, there will be a puppet show and children's secret garden. Food from Rudolf's Diner. A Sneak Preview Shopping Event will take place November 30 from 6-9pm. Charlottesville Waldorf School.  Directions: 120 Waldorf School Road.  10am-4pm.  $Free.  Email: enrollment@cwaldorf.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-4946. 
 
December 1, Saturday
ANNUAL POTTERY CLUB SALE
PVCC.
PVCC Student Pottery Club's annual sale features hundreds of handmade mugs, bowls, vases, plates, casseroles, pitchers and works of art for prices between $5 and $75. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Pottery club, helping the organization sponsor visiting master potters to lead workshops. PVCC.  Directions: College Dr. is off of Rt. 20.  9am-12pm.  $Free admission.  All ages welcome.  Email: tclarkson@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-961-5219. 
 
December 1, Saturday
CHARLOTTESVILLE WALDORF SCHOOL'S 34TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY BAZAAR
Charlottesville Waldorf School.
Bring the whole family along to enjoy this seasonal shopping event. Give your presents a personalized touch this year by taking advantage of gift-making opportunities for children and adults alike. A sneak preview of the event will be held on Friday, November 30th from 6 to 9pm. Charlottesville Waldorf School.  Directions: 120 Waldorf School Rd. (across from Pen Park).  10am-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-4946. 
 
December 1, Saturday
EARLYSVILLE ART & CRAFTS SHOW
Earlysville Community.
Bring your shopping list and appetite to this seasonal show, which exclusively features locally handcrafted and designed arts and crafts. Buck Mountain Episcopal Church, Earlysville.  Directions: 4133 Earlysville Rd.  9am-3pm.  $Free admission.  All ages welcome.  Email: lncookies@embarqmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-978-2058. 
 
December 1-2, Saturday-Sunday
FREE UNION ARTISANS' OPEN HOUSE
Free Union Country School.
Enjoy indoor holiday shopping, purchase professional artisans' products and munch on treats galore. Free Union Country School, Free Union.  Directions: 4220 Free Union Rd.  10am both days.  $Free admission and shuttle transportation.  All ages welcome.  Email: janrussell@embarqmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-3901. 
 
November 29-December 2, Thursday-Sunday
THE BIZARRE BAZAAR CHRISTMAS COLLECTION
The Bizarre Bazaar.
A beautiful holiday marketplace with over 500 exclusive exhibitors showcasing unique offerings, including seasonal gifts and decorative accessories for the home and garden, gourmet food and cookbooks, fine linens, designer women's and children's clothing, toys and more. Richmond Raceway Complex.  Directions: 600 E. Laburnum Avenue, Richmond.  10am-7pm Thursday-Saturday; 10am-5pm Sunday.  $9 general admission; $1.50 children ages 2-12.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-673-7015. 
 
December 7, Friday
5TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
Bald Top Brewing Co. / Greenscapes Nursery & Garden Shoppe, Inc.
After the Madison Christmas Parade, head over to Greenscapes Nursery and enjoy food, shopping and festive fun. Greenscapes Nursery & Garden Shoppe, Madison.  Directions: 531 Cedar Hill Rd.  6-8pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@greenscapesnursery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-0986. 
 
December 9, Sunday
HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE
Culpeper Star-Exponent News.
Come purchase holiday gifts from local retailers, artisans and crafters. Germanna Community College, Daniel Technology Center, Culpeper.  Directions: 122 W. Spencer St.  11am-4pm.  $Free admission.  All ages welcome.  Email: lgore@starexponent.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-825-0772. 
 
December 15, Saturday
2ND ANNUAL SANTA'S SHOP TIL YOU DROP CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE
Finish up your Christmas shopping all in one place at the 2nd Annual Santa's Shop Til You Drop Christmas Boutique. You'll find vendors, prize raffles, Swag Bags and more. Best Western Plus Crossroads Inn & Suites.  10am-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: thesophisticatescentralva@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-748-2740. 
 
October 27, November 17, December 15; Saturdays
HOLIDAY SHOPPING AT THE FARMERS MARKET
Madison County Volunteer Fire Company.
Pay a visit to the MESA Harvest Festival Fundraiser in October and the Perfectly Piedmont Expo and Holiday Market in November and December. Madison Fairgrounds Young Farmers' Pavilion in October; Madison County Volunteer Fire Company in November and December.  8am-12pm.  $No cover.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-6881. 
 
November 24-December 22, Saturdays
HOLIDAY MARKET
City of Charlottesville.
An extension of the weekly city market, the holiday market offers a variety of unique gifts, decorations, food and crafts prepared by local farmers, artists and bakers. Second and Water Street parking lots.  8am-1pm.  $No cover.  All ages welcome.  Email: cityman@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-970-3371. 
 
November 17-January 5, 2019, select dates
CHRISTMAS TOWN
Busch Gardens.
Travel to Christmas Town, with its blanket of over eight-million glittering lights, breathtaking shows and traditional Christmas culinary delights. Experience Christmas traditions from around the world. Visit Santa Claus at his North Pole workshop and sip some hot chocolate. Check website for times. Busch Gardens, Williamsburg.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-343-7946. 
 
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Now-December 1, First Saturdays
BOOKS ON THE BIG SCREEN
JMRL - Northside Library.
Kick back and relax with an afternoon movie and a snack. Be sure to bring a blanket and a pillow to sit on. September: A Wrinkle in Time. October: Goosebumps. November: How to Train Your Dragon. December: Matilda. JMRL - Northside Library.  2:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
December 1, Saturday
PICTURE BOOK FILM FEST
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Bring a blanket and pillow if you'd like to cozy up and watch a few of your favorite stories on the big screen. Drop-ins are welcome. Requested registration begins November 5. JMRL - Crozet Library.  10:30-11:30am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 2 to 6.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
December 7, Friday
HOT COCOA AND A MOVIE
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Stuff your hot chocolate to the top with extras or make it as simple as you like. Then, take a break, sip your toasty drink and watch a pre-exams film chosen by the library's Teen Advisory Board. Grades 6-12. Requested registration opens November 16. JMRL - Crozet Library.  6-8pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
CVILLE MOVIES
Find out the movie schedule for all of Charlottesville here. For details, please click this link. 
 
Second Tuesdays
FAMILY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES
JMRL - Northside Library.
Bring a blanket and pillow, and settle in for a family-friendly movie. Snacks and juice boxes will be provided. November: The LEGO Ninjago Movie; December: Trolls. JMRL - Northside Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
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November 16 & 17
INLIGHT RICHMOND
1708 Gallery.
This open exhibition features a wide range of light-based art, including sculpture, video, performances and interactive projects, right in the heart of Richmond. The tenth anniversary InLight event will focus on the theme of community, and it will offer lantern-crafting opportunities and a dazzling parade. West Broad Street in the Arts and Culture District, Richmond.  6-7pm lantern making (Friday & Saturday), 7pm parade (Friday).  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: esmith@1708gallery.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-643-1708. 
 
December 14-16 & 21-23, Friday-Sunday
HOLIDAY LANTERN TOURS
The Frontier Culture Museum.
Come catch glimpses of Christmas Past and experience stories from around the world during the evening Holiday Lantern Tour at Staunton's Frontier Museum. Tickets go on sale November 1. Ages 3-plus. The Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  Directions: 1209 Richmond Rd.  6-8pm.  $13 children (under 13); $15 adults.  Email: visitor.center@frontiermuseum.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
November 23-December 24
LEGENDARY SANTA
CMoR.
Come visit Santa at the Children's Museum of Richmond and celebrate an 82-year local tradition. Sunrise, Sunset and Tea with Santa services go on sale Thursday, November 1. Children's Museum of Richmond - Central.  Directions: 2626 West Broad Street, Richmond.  See website or call for Santa's schedule.  $Free visit with Santa, photo available for purchase.  All ages welcome.  Email: santa@c-mor.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7009. 
 
November 16-January 6
MAYMONT MANSION HOLIDAY TOURS
Maymont.
Lavish decorations and old-timey activities bring a Victorian Christmas to life. Take a guided tour to observe the mansion up-close in all its splendor. Closed Mondays, as well as Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year's Day. Maymont Mansion, Richmond.  12-5pm, with tours available every half-hour (last tour at 4:30).  $5 per person.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@maymont.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166, ext. 329. 
 
October 19-January 27
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE COLLECTION OF HEYWOOD AND CYNTHIA FRALIN
The Fralin Museum of Art.
The collection includes works by John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Robert Henri, Reginald Marsh and many other notable artists of the period. It is presented in conjunction with exhibitions of Georgia O’Keeffe’s work during her time at the University of Virginia and historical and contemporary Native American works from the Museum’s holdings. The Fralin Museum of Art.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Rhonda Deck.  Email: rhondadeck@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-906-1022. 
 
First Friday of every month
FREE FIRST FRIDAY
Explore More Discovery Museum.
Kids can participate in fun activities designed to help them understand how to build a foundation and frame for everything from muscles and bones to house and home. Explore More Discovery Museum.  Directions: 150 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg.  4-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-8900. 
 
Every Friday
GREAT ARTISTS PROGRAM
Art history comes alive in engaging hands-on presentations and conversations as artists of all ages come together to learn about some of the world’s great artists. Think you can’t create? Pick up the media of the masters and let your creativity run wild. You might just surprise yourself! Amazement Square .  4-5pm.  $Free with admission .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
Tuesday Mornings
NEW PARENT MEETUP
Virginia Discovery Museum.
New parents are invited to meet others just starting out on this parenting journey and to chat about all things mom and dad. Children under 1 receive free admission. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall (near City Hall).  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Third Fridays
SCIENCE AFTER DARK
Science Museum of Virginia.
Each month offers a quirky and unique theme. Spend a night exploring the exhibits, with custom, all-live astronomy presentations at 6:30pm and 7:15pm in The Dome and a classic movie at 8pm on the largest screen in the state. Science After Dark features hands-on activities and stargazing on the front lawn with the Richmond Astronomical Society. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  5pm.  $10 general public.  Email: info@smv.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
First Wednesdays
WEGMANS PAY WHAT YOU WISH WEDNESDAY
Wegmans/Virginia Discovery Museum.
Admission to the museum is by donation today. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall (near City Hall).  10am-5pm.  Email: gallerymanager@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Tuesdays
TODDLER TALES
Amazement Square.
Toddler Tales meets each Tuesday to focus on preschool preperation through fun and engaging activities, songs, take-home activities and a themed story time. Amazement Square, The Big Red Barn.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
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November 18, Sunday
3RD ANNUAL WARRIOR HIKE
The Market at Grelen.
This annual hiking event will benefit Warrior Expeditions, a nonprofit organization helping veterans have a smooth transition back into civilian life. Hike the Grelen Trails for as many miles as you want, picking up tokens along the way. Turn them in at the end for a chance to win raffle prizes. More miles equals more tokens and better chances at winning. The Market at Grelen, Somerset.  Directions: 15091 Yager Rd.  12-4pm.  $Free for kids six and under, $25 hike for adults and kids 7+.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
December 1, Saturday
CAROLING IN THE CAVERNS
Grottoes Ruritan Club.
Experience candlelight tours and musical performances inside Grand Caverns, America's Oldest Show Cave. Children get in free with a donation of a craft supply or game to benefit the South River Boys and Girls Club. All proceeds go to benefit the South River club and the Grottoes Ruritan Scholarship Fund. Grand Caverns, Grottoes.  Directions: 5 Grand Caverns Dr.  6-8pm.  $5 for adults, free for children (12 and under) with donation.  All ages welcome.  Email: cavernsinfo@ci.grottoes.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-249-5705. 
 
December 1, Saturday
FIRST SATURDAY BIRD WALK
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Enjoy an early morning bird walk with Amy Neale of the Monticello Bird Club. Beginners always welcome, and binoculars are available to share. Meet in the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  7:30-9am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
December 1, Saturday
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AT MONTPELIER
James Madison's Montpelier.
Tour the Madisons' home, decorated according to 19th-century customs, for free this holiday season. At the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center, enjoy visits with Santa, hands-on history activities for kids and delicious dining options for all. Bundle up and enjoy the brisk weather by taking a stroll along Montpelier's 8+ miles of trails through horse pastures, meadows and old-growth forests. James Madison's Montpelier.  Directions: 13384 Laundry Rd.  9am-4pm.  $Free, but donations are encouraged.  All ages welcome.  Email: cmoriarty@montpelier.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728, ext. 450. 
 
December 1, Saturday
WATERCOLORS AND PHOTOGRAPHY
Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center.
Partake in this combined art workshop. Head inside to paint with watercolors, and trek outdoors for a photography adventure. Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center.  TBD.  $TBD.  Email: lewisandclark@lewisandclarkvirginia.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-996-7282. 
 
December 1, Friday
FIRST FRIDAYS UNDER THE STARS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Learn about the stars and other celestial objects. Use the Charlottesville Astronomical Society's telescope or bring your own. Cloudy skies cancel the outdoor portion. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  8-10pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
December 7, Friday
HISTORIC TREE WALK
James Monroe's Highland.
Head to Highland to enjoy a winter tree walk with the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards. Participants will learn more about Highland's foliage during this free, 90-minute stroll through James Monroe's historic property. Learn how to identify trees in the winter using their structure, bark, nuts and other features, and discover how tree-ring dating has contributed to historical interpretation. Attendance is limited to 25 participants. James Monroe's Highland.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@highland.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-8000. 
 
First Saturdays
BLUE RIDGE YOUNG BIRDERS MONTHLY MEETING
Blue Ridge Young Birders Club.
Does your child have an interest in nature or a passion for birds? Come see two club members discuss birding the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The meeting is preceded by a 7:30am bird walk that is fun and informative. The event is open to kids 7-18 and their parents. Education Building of Ivy Creek Foundation.  9:30am, 7:30am bird walk.  $free.  Recommended for ages 7 to 18.  Contact: Mary Mapel.  Email: info@blueridgeyoungbirders.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-363-5035. 
 
Second Mondays & Final Thursdays
LITTLE NATURALISTS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Introduce your 3 to 5 year old to nature with this short talk and trail walk. Trained guides will host, starting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Road.  10-11am.  $Free.  Contact: Jill Watt.  Email: jillheffwatt@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 717-850-1461. 
 
Third Friday of every month
LIVESKY PLANETARIUM SHOW
Science Museum of Virginia.
Take a guided tour of the current night sky and find out about the latest celestial happenings. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions and make requests of your astronomer host. Since the sky is always changing and audience questions and requests vary, each LiveSky show is different. No LiveSky during the month of April. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  6pm.  $5 nonmembers; free for members.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1431. 
 
Saturdays
MORNINGS IN THE MOUNTAINS
Wintergreen Nature Foundation.
Join a Foundation naturalist for an interpretive walk in the woods. Explore the many wonderful aspects of Wintergreen's natural environment. Trillium House.  Directions: Rt. 29S to I-64W to Exit 107 (Crozet, Rte 250). Take 250W to Rte 151S, turn left. Take 151 to Rte 664, 14.2 miles. Turn right at 664.  10am.  $3 members, $5 non-members..  All ages welcome.  Email: info@twnf.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-325-8169. 
 
First and Third Fridays
PUBLIC NIGHT AT THE MCCORMICK OBSERVATORY
UVA Leander McCormick Observatory.
View celestial objects through the historic 26-inch McCormick Refractor and other smaller telescopes year-round, weather permitting. Tour the Observatory, hear a presentation by an astronomer and see the exhibits. McCormick Observatory.  9-11pm mid March-early November, 7-9pm early November to mid March.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-1885. 
 
Ongoing
STARGAZING 101
Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.
Learn the names and locations of each season's major constellations and bright stars. Learn how to spot planets, use a star map and use binoculars for a closer look at the night sky. Fee and registration required. 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
Third Friday of every month
STARS AND PLANETS
Science Museum of Virginia.
Join members of the Richmond Astronomical Society on the front lawn as they share their telescopes for a look at the night sky (weather permitting). Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  Times vary from month to month.  $free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
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CHARLOTTESVILLE OPERA CELEBRATES ERIC OWENS
Charlottesville Opera.
Attend a benefit concert featuring internationally acclaimed bass-baritone Eric Owens and help the Charlottesville Opera launch its 42nd season. Upgrade your tickets and stick around after the performance for a champagne reception with the singer himself in the Jefferson room. Farmington Country Club.  Directions: The Grand Ballroom, .  7pm.  $100, $250 for premium seating and reception access.  Email: info@charlottesvilleopera.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-4500. 
 
November 16, Friday
WOMEN ON THE MIC
The Front Porch.
Five central Virginia female singers, songwriters and musicians will take to the stage for the evening, including Erin Lunsford, Devon Sproule, Sally Rose, Becca Porter and Emily Julia Kresky. Fight Like a Grrrl (FLAG), the event's partner organization, strives to empower people with the ability to protect their physical and emotional wellbeing through female-driven self-defense education. The Front Porch.  8-10pm.  $12-$15.  All ages welcome.  Email: Booking@frontporchcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 201-925-4464. 
 
November 17, Saturday
13TH ANNUAL BEST OF BOTH WORLDS DANCE AND STEP COMPETITION
The Paramount Theater.
Come see a fusion of dance and step teams competing for their share of $2,500 in cash and prizes, as well as bragging rights in this highly competitive event. Some of the top college, high school and community teams throughout the region will share the stage for a single afternoon. The Paramount Theater.  3:30pm.  $15.25 advance, $18.25 day of show.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
November 17, Saturday
APPLE CIDER PRESSING DEMONSTRATION
Saunders Brothers Market.
Observe Papa Saunders' antique cider press in action, then taste the freshness of the finished product. Music by David Matthews of Lovingston will follow. Saunders Brothers Market, Piney River.  Directions: 2717 Tye Brook Hwy.  11am-3pm.  $No cover.  All ages welcome.  Email: farmmarket@saundersbrothers.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-277-5455, ext. 37. 
 
November 15-17, Thursday-Saturday
FALL DANCE CONCERT
UVA Department of Drama.
Each semester, the Dance Program presents eclectic, provocative and engaging choreographic works by students, faculty and guest artists. UVA's Culbreth Theater.  8pm every evening.  $5-$7.  All ages welcome.  Email: drama@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3326 . 
 
November 17-18, Saturday-Sunday
HOPI TRIBAL FESTIVAL
Smithsonian.
The Hopi Tribe is a sovereign nation located in northeastern Arizona, and their nation encompasses more than 1.5-million acres and 12 villages across three mesas. During this all-day, two-day festival, the Hopi people will share artist demonstrations, performances of music and dance and a presentation of the history of the Hopi Code Talkers. The Hopi Youth Color Guard will present and retire the colors at the beginning and end of each day, too. National Museum of the American Indian, Potomac Atrium, Washington, D.C..  Directions: 4th St. SW & Independence Ave. SW.  10am-5pm.  $Free.  Email: AlvarezMA@si.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 202-633-6888. 
 
November 11 & 18
LIVE MUSIC ON THE HILL
Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards.
Head to Pippin Hill on Sundays in November to enjoy live tunes and stunning scenery. On November 11, Willie DE will blend folk, blues and a dash of jazz to create a fresh, original sound. On November 18, Mike and Joy will bring gorgeous harmonies, masterful guitar work, catchy originals and a fun mix of covers to the Pippin Hill Lawn. Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, North Garden.  Directions: 5022 Plank Rd.  1-4pm.  $No cover.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@pippinhillfarm.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-202-8063. 
 
November 23, Friday
NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE DAY: FAMILY FUN FRIDAY
Smithsonian.
This celebration of Native American Heritage Day features hands-on activities, make-and-takes and music and interactive dance presentations. National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C..  Directions: 4th St. SW & Independence Ave. SW.  10am-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: AlvarezMA@si.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 202-633-6888. 
 
November 28, Wednesday
CHARLOTTESVILLE HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA WINTER CONCERT
Charlottesville High School.
The renowned CHS Orchestra presents its winter concert, free and open to the public. CHS Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center.  Directions: 1400 Melbourne Rd..  7:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: laura.thomas@charlottesvilleschools.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-245-2726. 
 
November 30, Friday
CHARLOTTESVILLE'S GRAND ILLUMINATION!
City of Charlottesville/UVA Community Credit Union/Ting.
This popular holiday event is free for all ages to enjoy and features musical performances, kids' crafts and activities, character photos, a visit from Santa and friends and over 20,000 LED bulbs illuminating the community tree and Downtown Central Place. The tree lighting begins at 7:30pm, followed by "Home Alone" showing at The Paramount Theater at 8pm. Downtown Mall Central Place.  5:30-8pm; 8pm film.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: ricej@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-409-8226. 
 
November 30 & December 1, Friday-Saturday
35TH ANNUAL CANDLELIGHT CONCERT
Virginia Women's Chorus.
One of Charlottesville's best-kept secrets, the annual Candlelight Concert, features music ranging from medieval to contemporary tunes. St. Paul's Memorial Church.  8-9:30pm Friday, 3:30-5pm Saturday.  $7.50 students, $12.50 seniors (ages 65-plus), $18 adults.  All ages welcome.  Email: virginiawomenschorus@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3296. 
 
December 1 & 2, Saturday & Sunday
FAMILY HOLIDAY CONCERTS
Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra and the University Singers .
The Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia and the UVA University Singers join forces to present their annual Family Holiday Concerts. Performances will be held at Old Cabell Hall on the Grounds of the University of Virginia. On both days, ensembles of orchestra musicians will welcome audiences in the lobby with holiday carols. Recommended for ages 6-plus. UVA's Old Cabell Hall.  8pm Saturday, 3:30pm Sunday.  $11-$47.  All ages welcome.  Email: tickets@email.virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3376. 
 
December 2, Sunday
HOLIDAY POTLUCK AND OPEN MIC
Attend this annual holiday potluck to celebrate the season, the end of fall semester and a full year's worth of hard work. Bring a dish, snacks or beverages if you wish to contribute to the potluck. Wine, cider and beer will also be available for purchase. A Front Porch student open mic will follow the potluck, beginning with a holiday jam led by Pete and Ellen Vigour. (Please email emilyjulia@frontporchcville.org to sign up for the open mic.) The Front Porch.  2-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: booking@frontporchcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 201-925-4464. 
 
December 2, Sunday
MISSY RAINES TRIO
The Front Porch.
Missy Raines, as one of The First Ladies in Bluegrass, was just awarded Recorded Event of the year. 7-time award winner of the IBMA Bass Player of the Year, Missy Raines is considered to be one of the most respected, popular and trailblazing figures in bluegrass today. She now leads her own innovative and genre-bending trio out of Nashville, which plays a a rich, jazz-tinged combination of bluegrass and \ Americana. The Front Porch.  8-10pm.  $15-$18.  All ages welcome.  Email: booking@frontporchcville.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 201-925-4464. 
 
December 1-2, Saturday-Sunday
SEASON OF JOY
Jefferson Choral Society.
Jumpstart the most magical month of the year by enjoying a seasonal choral performance backed by a chamber orchestra. Timberlake United Methodist Church, Lynchburg.  Directions: 21649 Timberlake Rd.  7:30pm Saturday, 4pm Sunday.  $Free for children (ages 11 and under) with an accompanying adult, $10 students, $20 adult.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-528-5700. 
 
December 8, Saturday
ALBEMARLE BALLET THEATRE'S "THE NUTCRACKER"
The Wayne Theatre.
Don't miss the third annual performance of this holiday classic. Follow along as Clara takes on the Mouse King then travels into a gorgeously unpredictable world full of entertaining characters with the Nutcracker Prince. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  2pm & 5pm.  $14 child/seniors/military, $20 adults.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@waynetheatre.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
December 8, Saturday
BLUE RIDGE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA FALL CONCERT
Blue Ridge Chamber Orchestra.
Come listen to this classical string ensemble of roughly two dozen musicians from Charlottesville and surrounding central Virginia. The group includes local music teachers and semiprofessional performers, veterans of high school and college orchestras, and advanced/intermediate adult learners. Meade Hall, Christ Episcopal Church.  Directions: 2nd St. NW and High St.  3pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: brco@brco.avenue.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-1617. 
 
December 9, Sunday
PVCC CHORUS HOLIDAY CONCERT
Piedmont Virginia Community College.
The PVCC Chorus presents an afternoon of holiday choral music. PVCC V. Earl Dickinson Building.  3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: boxoffice@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-961-5376. 
 
August 10-December 14, Second Fridays
CVILLE SERIES: THE OPEN MIC
Jefferson African American Heritage Center.
Rappers, singers, dancers, painters/sketch artists, ventriloquist, comedians, actors and more talented folks are invited to come perform on the Jefferson stage. The sign-up will begin roughly at 6:45pm. All proceeds benefit the Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center. Jefferson African American Heritage Center.  7-9pm.  $5 for audience, free for performers.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-260-8720. 
 
December 4-26
EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD
American Shakespeare Center.
This family-friendly, fast-paced romp takes you on the Christmas journey of a lifetime, through your favorite holiday classics and then some. Pay what you will performances on Tuesday, December 4 and Sunday, December 9. Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton.  Directions: 10 S. Market St .  Varies by date.  $20-57.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733. 
 
February 16, Saturday
EZIBU MUNTU
PVCC and CBS 19 News.
Celebrate Black History Month with high-energy drumming and dancing. Don't miss this spectacular display of African tradition and artistic custom. Piedmont Virginia Community College.  7:30pm.  $10 seniors/students, $12 adults.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Sundays
TELL US A TALE RADIO SHOW
University of Virginia's WTJU fm 91.1.
An outstanding radio program of storytelling and music for children hosted by Peter Jones. Peter also works with local school children to produce special programs. 12-2pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-0885. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
Third Thursdays
THURSDAYS AFTER SIX
JMRL- Northside Library.
Bring your chair to the back patio, and enjoy some live music. This is a program for all ages. You can even dance in the parking lot! JMRL- Northside Library.  6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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November 19-January 1, 2019
CELEBRATION OF HOLIDAY LIGHTS
Gypsy Hill Park.
Enjoy a drive through the 214-acre park aglow with charming night-time scenes, most homemade by local organizations and businesses. Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton.  5-11pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-886-8660. 
 
November 16 & 17
INLIGHT RICHMOND
1708 Gallery.
This open exhibition features a wide range of light-based art, including sculpture, video, performances and interactive projects, right in the heart of Richmond. The tenth anniversary InLight event will focus on the theme of community, and it will offer lantern-crafting opportunities and a dazzling parade. West Broad Street in the Arts and Culture District, Richmond.  6-7pm lantern making (Friday & Saturday), 7pm parade (Friday).  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: esmith@1708gallery.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-643-1708. 
 
Now-November 16
WRITER'S EYE CONTEST & TOURS
UVA's Fralin Museum of Art.
This annual competition challenges youth in grades 3-12, University students and adults to submit original poetry and prose compositions inspired by works on view in the Museum. Entires are judged by established writers hailing from Central Virginia, and winners will be crowned at a ceremony in the spring and featured in an annually-produced anthology. UVA's Fralin Museum of Art.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3592. 
 
November 17, Saturday
APPLE CIDER PRESSING DEMONSTRATION
Saunders Brothers Market.
Observe Papa Saunders' antique cider press in action, then taste the freshness of the finished product. Music by David Matthews of Lovingston will follow. Saunders Brothers Market, Piney River.  Directions: 2717 Tye Brook Hwy.  11am-3pm.  $No cover.  All ages welcome.  Email: farmmarket@saundersbrothers.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-277-5455, ext. 37. 
 
November 17, Saturday
THE WHITE PIG ANIMAL SANCTUARY OPEN HOUSE
Dina Brigish .
The White Pig Animal Sanctuary, located just outside of Charlottesville, VA, will be opening its doors for the first time to the public. This family-friendly open house will include tours of the farm, interaction with the animals, walking trails, live music by Butterfly Vendetta, a bonfire, animal-free food and drink and more. The White Pig Animal Sanctuary, Schuyler.  Directions: 5120 Irish Rd.  12-8pm.  $Donations welcome at the door.  All ages welcome.  Email: dina@thewhitepig.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-831-1416. 
 
November 18, Sunday
ANNUAL CULPEPER DOWNTOWN HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
Culpeper Renaissance Inc.
Enjoy festive holiday food, free horse & carriage and wagon rides, free trolley rides, a visit and photo opportunity with Santa and Mrs. Claus, open houses, live holiday music, Christmas caroling, gingerbread house making workshops, dance performances, tree lighting and more. Downtown Culpeper.  12-5pm, 5:15pm tree lighting.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-825-4416. 
 
November 22, Thursday
BLESSING OF THE HOUNDS
Grace Episcopal Church.
Enjoy a brief blessing ceremony, which includes bagpipes, a soloist, hounds and horses. Enjoy cider and donuts and the beginning of the hunt afterward. No pets allowed on church grounds. Grace Episcopal Church.  Directions: Route 231, Keswick.  10-11am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: parishadministrator@gracekeswick.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-3549. 
 
November 23, Friday
BOAR'S HEAD GRAND ILLUMINATION
Boar's Head Resort.
Bring the entire family for a walking tour of festive lights and elegantly decorated Christmas trees. The Tree Lighting ceremony starts at 5pm and pictures with Santa will be from 6-8pm. Enjoy carriage rides, hot chocolate and cookies from 5:15-8:15pm. Boar's Head Resort.  5-8:15pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-2181. 
 
November 23 & 24, Friday & Saturday
POINSETTIA OPEN HOUSE
Milmont Greenhouse.
This annual holiday festival offers up homemade donuts and coffee, door prizes and over 30 varieties of poinsettias to get you feeling festive. Vendors will sell food, gifts and arts and crafts. The first 50 customers each day will receive a free poinsettia with the online coupon. Milmont Greenhouse, Waynesboro.  8am-5:30pm Friday, 8am-5pm Saturday.  $No cover.  All ages welcome.  Email: milmont@milmont.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-8408. 
 
November 22-25, Thursday-Sunday
THANKSGIVING WEEKEND AT WINTERGREEN
Wintergreen Resort.
The holiday season of family traditions at Wintergreen begins with Thanksgiving. Traditional feasts, the grand illumination of the courtyard, holiday workshops and family fun. Plus, enjoy the new tradition, the Be Thankful 5k at Bold Rock Cidery on Friday. Wintergreen Resort.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-325-8180. 
 
November 30, Friday
CHARLOTTESVILLE'S GRAND ILLUMINATION!
City of Charlottesville/UVA Community Credit Union/Ting.
This popular holiday event is free for all ages to enjoy and features musical performances, kids' crafts and activities, character photos, a visit from Santa and friends and over 20,000 LED bulbs illuminating the community tree and Downtown Central Place. The tree lighting begins at 7:30pm, followed by "Home Alone" showing at The Paramount Theater at 8pm. Downtown Mall Central Place.  5:30-8pm; 8pm film.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: ricej@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-409-8226. 
 
December 1, Saturday
BARRACKS ROAD ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARADE
Barracks Road Shopping Center.
Enjoy this annual hometown parade with costumed characters, antique cars, live animals, colorful floats, Santa Claus, marching bands and more. A Charlottesville tradition for over 40 years. The parade will travel from Harris Teeter to Kroger. Barracks Road Shopping Center.  9:30am.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-9233. 
 
December 1, Saturday
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AT MONTPELIER
James Madison's Montpelier.
Tour the Madisons' home, decorated according to 19th-century customs, for free this holiday season. At the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center, enjoy visits with Santa, hands-on history activities for kids and delicious dining options for all. Bundle up and enjoy the brisk weather by taking a stroll along Montpelier's 8+ miles of trails through horse pastures, meadows and old-growth forests. James Madison's Montpelier.  Directions: 13384 Laundry Rd.  9am-4pm.  $Free, but donations are encouraged.  All ages welcome.  Email: cmoriarty@montpelier.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728, ext. 450. 
 
December 1, Saturday
MEALS ON WHEELS SANTA PICTURE EVENT & HOLIDAY GIFT DRIVE
Meals on Wheels.
Have a blast with Santa, beat mall crowds and help your neighbors in need at this holiday picture and gift drive event. Decorate cookies, slurp hot chocolate and groove to music, too. Cardinal Point Winery, Afton.  Directions: 9423 Batesville Rd.  1-4pm.  $30 per picture with Santa, $25 per picture with a gift donation.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-4364. 
 
December 1, Saturday
PICTURE BOOK FILM FEST
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Bring a blanket and pillow if you'd like to cozy up and watch a few of your favorite stories on the big screen. Drop-ins are welcome. Requested registration begins November 5. JMRL - Crozet Library.  10:30-11:30am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 2 to 6.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
December 1, Saturday
SILHOUETTES BY STUDIO ZERO
James Monroe's Highland.
Studio Zero Photography will offer sittings for couples, individuals and children for their modern take on the silhouette. Studio Zero is waiving the $100 sitting fee for silhouettes made at Highland for one day only. Each 15-minute sitting includes a complimentary house tour, and part of the proceeds will benefit future Highland educational programming. Reservations, while optional, are recommended. James Monroe's Highland.  11am-5pm.  $30-$55.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@highland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-8000. 
 
December 1, Saturday
WAYNESBORO CHRISTMAS PARADE
Waynesboro Parks and Recreation.
Bundle up and bring the whole family to come celebrate the start of the Christmas season. This winter extravaganza is sure to put you in the holiday spirit with decorated floats, marching bands, cloggers and, of course, Santa. Parade entries are due by November 12. Downtown Waynesboro.  6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: parksandrec@ci.waynesboro.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6735. 
 
December 2, Sunday
CROZET VFD CHRISTMAS PARADE
Crozet Volunteer Fire Department.
Come out to Crozet to celebrate the holidays. March in the parade, then meet Santa and enjoy hot chocolate at the Firehouse afterwards. Wayland Drive to Crozet Firehouse .  Directions: 5652 Three Notch RD.  3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4758. 
 
First Full Weekends
FREE ADMISSION TO VIRGINIA DISCOVERY MUSEUM
Bank of America / Virginia Discovery Museum.
The first full weekend of the month, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and U.S. Trust credit and debit cardholders will get free admission to the Museum. Virginia Discovery Museum.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 2, Sunday
HOLIDAY POTLUCK AND OPEN MIC
Attend this annual holiday potluck to celebrate the season, the end of fall semester and a full year's worth of hard work. Bring a dish, snacks or beverages if you wish to contribute to the potluck. Wine, cider and beer will also be available for purchase. A Front Porch student open mic will follow the potluck, beginning with a holiday jam led by Pete and Ellen Vigour. (Please email emilyjulia@frontporchcville.org to sign up for the open mic.) The Front Porch.  2-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: booking@frontporchcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 201-925-4464. 
 
December 2, Sunday
MATTY METCALFE AND SANTA
Chisholm Vineyards.
Listen to Matty Metcalfe play all of your Christmas favorites on his accordion while you visit with Santa. Enjoy a crackling fire, a glass of wine and tree picking, too. Chisholm Vineyards at Adventure Farm, Earlysville.  Directions: 1135 Clan Chisholm Ln.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@adventurefarmvineyard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-971-8796. 
 
December 2, Sunday
ORANGE COUNTY HOLIDAY PARADE
The Orange Downtown Alliance / Orange Rotary Club.
The Orange Holiday Parade and Memorial Tree lighting is an annual tradition which celebrates the season and commemorates late community members. The parade features local floats and civic groups, and it is followed by the memorial tree lighting. The Orange Rotary club facilitates the purchasing of lights to memorialize lost loved ones, and all operating expenses of the Tree are paid from a special endowment fund. A onetime payment will endow your light permanently. Main Street & Taylor Park, Orange.  3:30pm parade lineup, 4:30pm parade.  $Free to attend.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 2, Sunday
ST. NICK'S CHRISTMAS PARTY
Maymont Estate.
The entire family is sure to enjoy an afternoon of merriment and surprises as St. Nick joins Maymont's Christmas Fairy to host a party filled with magical wishes. Get ready for games and crafts, special treats, animal friends and a visit to the Dooley's enchanting home, too. Maymont Estate, Richmond.  Directions: 1700 Hampton St.  2:30-3:30pm.  $8 children 12-plus and adults, $12 children 11 and under.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@maymont.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166, ext. 329. 
 
December 3, Monday
FROZEN PARTY
JMRL - Central Library.
All ages are invited to the library to enjoy this Frozen-themed winter morning. Songs, stories and themed activities will be incorporated into the event. JMRL - Central Library.  10:30-11:15am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
December 2-5 display
VIRGINIA GINGERBREAD HOUSE SUBMISSION
Ronald McDonald House Charities Charlottesville.
Join a Charlottesville holiday tradition by entering the annual Gingerbread House Competition. This year's theme is "Favorite Holiday Book." Creations will be on display December 2-5 at the Omni with free admission. Omni Hotel.  See site for drop-off and display times.  $10 individual, $15 team, free display viewing.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-1885. 
 
December 6, Thursday
18TH ANNUAL LIGHTING OF THE LAWN
University of Virginia.
Lighting of the Lawn is a community event centered around a three-hour entertainment show filled with singing, dancing, and various other speeches and performances. The show ends with a light show that illuminates the lawn in spectacular fashion. UVA Lawn.  7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: alumni-assoc@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-9000. 
 
December 7, Thursday
MEMORIAL ILLUMINATION: A COMMUNITY CELEBRATION OF LIFE
Hospice of the Piedmont.
Come for a beautiful, light-filled ceremony. This nondenominational, candlelit service is open to the public and provides a meaningful opportunity to celebrate those whose lives you've cherished. No prior relationship to this or any hospice unit is required to attend. First Presbyterian Church.  Directions: 500 Park St.  6:30pm.  $Free to attend, $15 honorary luminaries.  All ages welcome.  Email: bereavementinfo@hopva.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-817-6900. 
 
December 7, Friday
FAMILY NIGHT HOLIDAY PARTY
The Market at Grelen.
Groove to live Christmas music by John Kelly & Company, enjoy grilled cheese and soup, sit by the fire pit and visit with Santa. See the twinkling Grelen lights, too! The Market at Grelen, Somerset.  Directions: 15091 Yager Rd.  5-8:30pm.  $No cover.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-5462. 
 
December 7, Friday
MADISON COUNTY'S FRIDAY NIGHT CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
Madison County Tourism.
Enjoy a tree lighting with music by Jessica Weaver and Silver Linings, hot chocolate from the United Methodist Church, cake pops by Cake Krums and cookies from Madison Tourism and the Madison Chamber of Commerce. The event kicks off with a tree lighting at 5:45pm on the War Memorial Lawn. Main Street, Madison.  5:45-8pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-4455. 
 
December 7, Friday
TOY LIFT
Toy Lift Charities.
"It only takes one." This holiday event combines fire trucks, food, entertainment and giving. Bring a new toy or book for the annual toy lift. Be sure to sign up to volunteer, too. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! TBD.  TBD.  $Free, donations encouraged.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@toylift.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
December 8, Saturday
10TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY HERITAGE PARADE
Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville.
Celebrate our national and community history and culture with marching bands, floats, living history performers and more. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there, too! Charlottesville Downtown Mall.  10am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: dbacville@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-9073. 
 
December 2 & 8, Sunday & Saturday
HOLIDAY JUBILEE CONCERT
Nelson County Community Orchestra.
Enjoy free seasonal music performed by the Nelson County Community Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Michael Tyree. Head to the venue early on December 2 for an opportunity to attend an open rehearsal. Rockfish Valley Community Center (Dec. 2), Second Stage Amherst (Dec. 8).  Directions: Afton.  2:45-3pm rehearsal, 4pm concert Sunday; 7pm concert Sunday.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 7-8, Friday-Saturday
MICHIE TAVERN YULETIDE FEAST
Michie Tavern.
Enjoy a Yuletide Feast in the Tavern, decorated in festive 18th-century tradition. Strolling musicians will entertain guests dining by candlelight. The bill of fare features a banquet of Virginia favorites, including country ham with raisin sauce, roasted turkey and giblet gravy, cornbread stuffing, candied yams and more traditional delectables. Michie Tavern.  Directions: 683 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy.  8pm seatings.  $19.95 + tax for children (10 and under), $39.95 + tax for adults.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@michietavern.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1234. 
 
December 7-8, Friday-Saturday
THE MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS
Nelson County Chamber of Commerce.
Enjoy a tree lighting followed by caroling in the village on Friday, then return Saturday for an arts and crafts fair, visits and photo ops with Santa and a holiday parade. Village of Lovingston.  Directions: Front and Main Streets, Lovingston.  6-8pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: nelson.parade.assoc@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-826-8011. 
 
December 9, Sunday
32ND ANNUAL COURT END CHRISTMAS
The Valentine First Freedom Center.
This festive community event includes kids activities, carriage rides, performances, refreshments, gift shops, music and tours. The Valentine, Richmond.  12-5pm.  $Free admission and shuttle transportation.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@thevalentine.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-649-01711. 
 
December 9, Sunday
BRUNCH WITH SANTA
Prospect Hill Plantation Inn.
Enjoy a gourmet brunch, hands-on crafts and Christmas cookie decorating. Bring a camera to capture your child on Santa's lap. Reservations are required. Prospect Hill Plantation Inn, Louisa.  Directions: 2887 Poindexter Rd.  11:30am-1:30pm.  $Free ages 0-2 (with paying adult), $20 ages 2-9, $25 ages 10-plus.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-967-0844. 
 
November 29-December 9, Thursday-Saturday
COOKIES WITH SANTA
Junior League of Charlottesville.
Children enjoy one-on-one time and a photo with Santa and share cookies at this holiday event. Stonefield.  Directions: Suite 120, 2035 Bond St.  Various times.  $20.  All ages welcome.  Email: pr@jlcville.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 9, Sunday
OLD-FASHIONED FARM CHRISTMAS
Stable Craft Brewing.
Celebrate the holidays and get into the Christmas spirit with horse and carriage rides, an old-fashioned Christmas tree lighting ceremony and plenty of caroling. Participate in the Clark Griswold Christmas Costume Contest and visit with Santa Claus, too. Stable Craft Brewing, Waynesboro.  Directions: 375 Madrid Rd.  12-8pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-490-2609. 
 
December 7-9, Friday-Sunday
P. BUCKLEY MOSS BARN SHOW AND GALLERY OPEN HOUSE
P. Buckley Moss Museum.
Pat will be at her home, The Barn, to meet her collectors and personalize prints each day. You are invited to bring purchased Moss prints or paintings to the Barn for her to sign and personalize. In addition, all prints or paintings that are purchased at the Waynesboro gallery during these three days can be personalized. The Barn.  Directions: 18 Providence Lane, Waynesboro.  11am-5pm Friday & Saturday at The Barn, 12-4pm Sunday at the Waynesboro Gallery.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-949-6473. 
 
December 9, Saturday
PETS WITH SANTA
Junior League of Charlottesville.
Bring your four-legged friends to Stonefield to have their photo taken with Santa. Stonefield.  Directions: 2035 Bond St.  5:30-7:30pm.  $15/pet (must be purchased in advance).  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 9, Saturday
S'MORES WITH SANTA & HOLIDAY BAZAAR
Madison County Parks and Recreation Authority.
Head to Hoover Ridge Park for Santa and s'mores! Shop around at the Holiday Bazaar, then experience the park transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland. Enjoy crafts, soup, hot chocolate and more. Participate in MESA's Madison Learning Center's Toys for Tots Holiday Toy Drive, too, and help children in need this holiday season. Hoover Ridge Park, Madison.  Directions: 199 Primary School Dr.  12-5pm Holiday Bazaar, 5-7:30pm bonfire and s'mores.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: events.mcparksrec@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-308-1247. 
 
December 9, Sunday
SANTA PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Enjoy a yummy breakfast and meet with Santa, too. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor! Virginia Discovery Museum.  9am, 9:20am, 11:30am & 11:45am.  $Free for children under 1, $15 non-members, $50 4-seat special.  All ages welcome.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
December 9, Sunday
YULETIDES AT AGECROFT: A CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE
Agecroft Hall.
Experience the Christmas season at Agecroft Hall from three different eras: England in 1640, London in 1860 and Richmond in 1942. Charles Dickens will do a lively reading from A Christmas Carol, and Father Christmas will hear your Christmas wishes. Help decorate, enjoy Victorian carols and dances, watch Morris Dancers and enjoy craft activities. This event has both outdoor and indoor elements, so be sure to bundle up. Agecroft Hall, Richmond.  Directions: 4305 Sulgrave Rd.  12:30-5pm.  Email: kreynolds@agecrofthall.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-353-4241. 
 
December 12, Wednesday
CLIFTON CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING
The Clifton.
Join The Clifton for their first annual Christmas tree lighting. Gather around the Clifton croquet lawn at 5:30pm for the lighting of the trees. Enjoy holiday music, caroling, s'mores by the fire pit, light appetizers, and warm wintery drinks. Ticket to attend the event is $5 per adult- 18 years and older. 17 and under are free. Ticket includes: valet parking, light snacks, s'mores, and entry for a chance to win a complimentary stay at the Clifton. The Clifton.  4-7pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: reception@the-clifton.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-971-1800. 
 
Second Wednesdays monthly
PAWS TO READ
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Improve your reading skills and make a new pal by reading aloud to a furry companion from the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCAs Pawsitive Pet Therapy Team. Call the library to register for a fifteen-minute time slot. JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.  3:30-4:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
November 7-December 13, Wednesdays or Thursdays
ROMP & STOMP
JMRL - Central Library.
Play with your preschooler in this lively early literacy class of music, stories, drama, movement, art play and more. For 2-5 year olds with a favorite caregiver. Registration is required. No class will be held on November 21. JMRL - Central Library.  10:30am-11:15am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 2 to 5.  Email: central@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
August 10-December 14, Second Fridays
CVILLE SERIES: THE OPEN MIC
Jefferson African American Heritage Center.
Rappers, singers, dancers, painters/sketch artists, ventriloquist, comedians, actors and more talented folks are invited to come perform on the Jefferson stage. The sign-up will begin roughly at 6:45pm. All proceeds benefit the Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center. Jefferson African American Heritage Center.  7-9pm.  $5 for audience, free for performers.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-260-8720. 
 
October 13 & 20 and December 8 & 15, Saturdays
FAIRY GARDENS
The Market at Grelen.
Bring out the family for an interactive workshop taught by Plant Designer Farley Farrar. Workshops begin with a 20-30 minute demo, and the remainder is interactive and includes tips and tricks for how to design your own garden and Farley will guide you through the process. October workshops will be focusing on halloween/fall motifs while the December fairy workshops will be holiday/Christmas focused. The Market at Grelen, Orange.  10am.  $5.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 27, November 17, December 15; Saturdays
HOLIDAY SHOPPING AT THE FARMERS MARKET
Madison County Volunteer Fire Company.
Pay a visit to the MESA Harvest Festival Fundraiser in October and the Perfectly Piedmont Expo and Holiday Market in November and December. Madison Fairgrounds Young Farmers' Pavilion in October; Madison County Volunteer Fire Company in November and December.  8am-12pm.  $No cover.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-6881. 
 
December 15, Saturday
KIDS HOLIDAY CRAFT DAY
Horton Vineyards.
Bring the kids out for tons of fun holiday crafts. Adults can enjoy a glass of wine while their kids decorate ornaments and more in the tasting room. Horton Vineyards, Gordonsville.  Directions: 6399 Spotswood Trl.  12-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-829-4633. 
 
December 14-15, Friday-Saturday
NIGHT OF A THOUSAND LIGHTS
Prospect Hill Plantation Inn.
See Prospect Hill come to life amid the soft glow of more than 100 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights. Walk the paths with a warm cup of cider or a cocktail. Santa will entertain and be available for photos in his workshop. Bring a camera to capture the moment. Vendors will be selling homemade crafts and sweets in Santa's Marketplace. Proceeds from this event will go the Young Life Louisa. Prospect Hill Plantation Inn, Louisa.  Directions: 2887 Poindexter Rd.  6-9pm.  $10 per car.  All ages welcome.  Email: stay@prospecthill.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-967-0844. 
 
December 1-2, 15-16, Saturday & Sunday
JINGLE BELL S'MORES WEEKEND
Grayhaven Winery.
Get into the holiday spirit with hot mulled wine and warm apple pie sangria, then roast marshmallows and make smores at the bonfire and fire pits. Enjoy artisan soup specials, mini cheese tastings and cheese and charcuterie boards. Stock up on wine and gourmet goodies for Christmas, Hanukkah and New Years. Grayhaven Winery, Gum Spring.  Directions: 4675 East Grey Fox Cir.  $Free s'mores, $5 wine tasting, $15 cheese tasting.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: 11am-6pm all days  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-556-3917. 
 
November 23-December 17
GREEN VALLEY BOOK FAIR
Green Valley Book Fair.
Encourage your child to read by expanding his or her home library. Huge selection of children's books at 60%-90% off retail prices on new, over-run or irregular books. 2192 Green Valley Ln., Mt. Crawford.  10am-5pm Monday-Thursday; 10am-6pm Friday-Saturday; 12-5pm Sunday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-385-0099. 
 
November 9, 16, 23 & December 7, 14, 21, Fridays
FEATURED FARMER FRIDAYS
Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards.
Enjoy a mini farmers's market on Fridays in the Tasting Room Veranda. Mingle with local farmers as they showcase and sell their homegrown products. Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, North Garden.  Directions: 5022 Plank Rd.  12-4pm.  $Free admission.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@pippinhillfarm.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-202-8063. 
 
November 24-December 22, Saturdays
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA & CARRIAGE RIDE
The Boar's Head Inn.
Let your holiday spirit soar as you glide on a horse-drawn carriage through the resort to admire holiday décor. Enjoy a traditional breakfast as children whisper Christmas wishes in Santa's ear. The Boar's Head Inn.  Directions: Pavilion Grand Ballroom.  9-11am.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-972-2230. 
 
December 14-16 & 21-23, Friday-Sunday
HOLIDAY LANTERN TOURS
The Frontier Culture Museum.
Come catch glimpses of Christmas Past and experience stories from around the world during the evening Holiday Lantern Tour at Staunton's Frontier Museum. Tickets go on sale November 1. Ages 3-plus. The Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  Directions: 1209 Richmond Rd.  6-8pm.  $13 children (under 13); $15 adults.  Email: visitor.center@frontiermuseum.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
December 14-15 & 28-29, Fridays and Saturdays
AFTER HOURS AT HIGHLAND
James Monroe's Highland.
Enjoy an after hours holiday tour and open hearth cooking. Open hearth cooks will lead participants in making Monroe-era desserts, which guests can munch by candlelight. While the desserts are cooking, guests will visit the Presidential guest house and museum spaces decorated for the holidays. James Monroe's Highland.  4:30-6:30pm.  $28.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@highland.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-8000. 
 
November 23-January 1
ZOOLIGHTS
Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ).
Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. The event includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland. Enjoy a dazzling light show set to music. National Zoo, Washington, D.C.  Directions: 3001 Connecticut Ave., N.W.  5-9pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 202-633-8743. 
 
November 17-January 5, 2019, select dates
CHRISTMAS TOWN
Busch Gardens.
Travel to Christmas Town, with its blanket of over eight-million glittering lights, breathtaking shows and traditional Christmas culinary delights. Experience Christmas traditions from around the world. Visit Santa Claus at his North Pole workshop and sip some hot chocolate. Check website for times. Busch Gardens, Williamsburg.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-343-7946. 
 
November 23, 2018-January 7, 2019
DOMINION GARDENFEST OF LIGHTS
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Come out to this holiday tradition featuring more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday activities and more. Closed December 24 & 25. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  5-10pm.  $13 for adults, $11 seniors, $8 ages 3-12.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
Now-February 4, 2018
18TH ANNUAL GOLDEN APPLE AWARD NOMINATIONS
Better Living Building Supply & Better Living Furniture.
Nominate your favorite teacher at a public or private school in Albemarle County or the City of Charlottesville. One winner will be selected from each school. Deadline February 4. Schools in Albemarle County and City of Charlottesville.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5820. 
 
December 9, Sunday
SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS AT PHARSALIA
Pharsalia.
Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a day of stories, crafts and Christmas cheer. Professional photos with Santa and snacks are included. Pharsalia, Tyro.  Directions: 2333 Pharsalia Rd.  1-5pm.  $40 first child per family, $10 each additional.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@pharsaliaevents.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-277-5231. 
 
Second Fridays
$1 FAMILY NIGHT
Children's Museum of Richmond.
Come out for the $1 per person event every second Friday of the month at the Downtown location of the Children's Museum of Richmond. Starts June 8, 2018. CMoR Downtown.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7062. 
 
First Thursdays
BLUE RIDGE IRISH MUSIC SCHOOL OPEN SESSIONS
Blue Ridge Irish Music School.
Slower, beginning musicians can play together at 6pm followed by intermediate-advanced, faster musicians at 7pm. Listeners and players are welcome. C'ville Coffee.  6-8pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: cvillesession@brimstunes.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-409-9631. 
 
First Saturdays
COMMUNITY BREAKFASTS
Rockfish Valley Community Center.
Volunteers from the community serve up breakfast at a great price. A wonderful way to meet your neighbors. Rockfish Valley Community Center.  Directions: 190 Rockfish Lane, Afton.  8:30-10:30am.  All ages welcome.  Email: rockfishcc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-0100. 
 
Thursday Afternoons
DISCOVERY CLUB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Each week holds a new discovery as you explore art, science, cultures and animals through crafts, experiments, games and more. Ages 4-8. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  4-4:30pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: education@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Thursdays
HOO-VILLE COMMUNITY FUN RUNS
Come enjoy these new, weekly fun runs across UVA grounds. Join staff, faculty, students and other community members while getting active. All levels and abilities welcome. Runs range from 2 to 5 miles. Walkers also welcome! Ragged Mountain Running shop, The Corner.  5:30-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: askhr@virginia.edu. For more info call: 982-0123. 
 
Every Second Monday
KID LIT
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Kids 2 and up enjoy a STEAM-related story every second Monday, then extend learning with a corresponding hands-on art craft, science experiment, or building challenge. Virginia Discovery Museum.  10:30am.  Email: vol@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
Tuesdays
LIFT YOUR SPIRIT IN SONG AT LITTLE PLANETS
Little Planets.
Jessica Beers leads this playful gathering for all ages that is designed to strengthen voices and spirits using the power of positive affirmation through song. Instruments are welcome and some small instruments will be available. Class may contain references to God and spirit. Little Planets Playroom, IX Park.  Directions: In the Gallery in the Dream Big building.  2:30pm.  $5.  Email: info@ourlittleplanets.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-209-4717. 
 
Saturdays
LIVING LAB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Researchers from the Child Development Laboratories at UVA meet each Saturday afternoon with families and discuss their research while children engage in games and activities as part of current and ongoing studies. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  1-3pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: education@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays in November
MORNINGS WITH THE MINIS
Morning Sun Minis.
Spend time interacting with and learning about miniature horses and enjoy an intimate, personalized session. Morning Sun Minis.  Directions: 6946 Louisa Rd.  By appointment.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-272-5267. 
 
Fridays & Sundays
PINBALL AT PAUL'S PINBALL PALACE
Pinball Palace.
Come out and play unlimited pinball on machines dating all the way back to 1947. The Glass Building.  7-11pm Fridays, 1-6pm Sundays.  $10 for unlimited play. 
 
Fridays & Sundays
ROLLER SKATING AT CARVER RECREATION CENTER
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Roller skating has returned to Carver Recreation Center. This free event occurs Fridays from 5pm-8pm and Sundays from 1pm-6pm. Skates are provided and there is no charge for this activity. Carver Recreation Center, Jefferson School City Center.  5-8pm Fridays; 1-6pm Sunday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3053. 
 
Third Fridays
SQUARE AND CONTRA DANCING AT THE FRONT PORCH
The Front Porch / C-ville Hoedown.
Come for square and contra dancing with caller and local favorite Brian Hamshar, who will have beginners dancing in no time. No need to bring a partner. Wheelhouse plays lively celtic-inspired music served up by accordion, piano, flutes and pipes. Everyone is welcome. The Front Porch.  7:30pm beginner's workshop, 8-10pm dance.  $10 adults, $5 students, 12 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@frontporchcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 806-7062. 
 
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November 6, 11 & 16
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on the 'Hoos at home as they take on Towson, George Washington and Coppin State. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm November 6 & 16, 2pm November 11.  $Season ticket prices vary.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
November 17, Saturday
14TH ANNUAL KELLY WATT MEMORIAL RACE
The Friends of Kelly Hansen Watt.
Run in the open 2-mile race or have the kids run the half-mile run. All the kids receive awards for participation. Panorama Farms.  8:30am Kids Run, 9am 2-mile Race.  Email: kellywattmemorialrace@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
November 17, Saturday
7TH ANNUAL NUTZY'S ROTARY FUNN RUN
The Rotary Club of West Richmond/The Richmond Flying Squirrels.
Runners, walkers, kids and parents with strollers will take off from Scott's Addition at 11am for a 5K run/walk. Stick around after the race for the block party, which will include live '80s music, vendors, food, adult beverages and kid activities. The race benefits UMFS and The Flying Squirrels Charities. Scott's Addition, Richmond.  11am run/walk.  $30 adults, $20 youth (ages 3-20).  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-305-0879. 
 
November 18, Sunday
3RD ANNUAL WARRIOR HIKE
The Market at Grelen.
This annual hiking event will benefit Warrior Expeditions, a nonprofit organization helping veterans have a smooth transition back into civilian life. Hike the Grelen Trails for as many miles as you want, picking up tokens along the way. Turn them in at the end for a chance to win raffle prizes. More miles equals more tokens and better chances at winning. The Market at Grelen, Somerset.  Directions: 15091 Yager Rd.  12-4pm.  $Free for kids six and under, $25 hike for adults and kids 7+.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
November 22, Thursday
10TH ANNUAL EARLYSVILLE TURKEY TROT 5K & KIDS HALF-MILE RUN
Earlysville Turkey Trot.
Start off your holiday with a 5k run beginning and ending at the Rivanna Community Church. Kids can participate in a free half-mile race, and walkers are also welcome to take part in the festivities. Strollers welcome at the back of the pack. No dogs please. Benefits the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. 601 Earlysville Green, Earlysville.  Directions: 3-way intersection of Earlysville Road, Reas Ford Road and Earlysville Forest Drive.  8:30am kid's race (12 and under), 9am 5k (6 and up).  $10 kid's race, $30 5k Youth (ages 6-14), $35 5k Adult (including stroller division).  All ages welcome.  Email: emily@charlottesvillemultisports.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
November 22, Thursday
37TH ANNUAL BOAR'S HEAD TURKEY TROT
Boar's Head Inn.
Before your big feast, unite with friends and family to run or walk the annual 5k course to raise money for the UVA Children's Hospital. No pets, please. Early registration is recommended. Boar's Head Inn.  9am.  $35 youth (ages 5-14), $50 adult (ages 15-plus).  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-972-7454. 
 
November 23, Friday
BE THANKFUL 5K
Wintergreen Resort / Bold Rock Hard Cider / Rockfish Valley Foundation.
Walk off some of that Thanksgiving feast with a quick 5K. Net proceeds to benefit the Nelson County Community Fund. Limited on-site registration, Friday, November 23 beginning at 7:30am. Medals and prizes will be awarded at the end of the race including prizes for best individual costume, best group costume, fastest dog on a leash and best dressed dog. Bold Rock Hard Cider, Nellysford.  Directions: 1020 Rockfish Valley Highway.  9-11am.  $20-$25.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-1030. 
 
November 9, 20, 24 & 25
UVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on the 'Hoos at home as they take on Mississippi State, NC A&T, Central Michigan and St. Louis. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm November 9, 11am November 20, 2pm November 24, 3:30pm November 25.  $Single game and season tickets available.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 1, Saturday
MONTICELLO HOLIDAY CLASSIC 5K AND DECK THE HALLS KIDS DASH!
Monticello.
This family-oriented 5k begins at the East Walk of Monticello and ends at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center and Smith Education Center. Kids 12 and under can enjoy the Deck the Halls Kids Dash, a quarter-mile loop around the West Lawn. Monticello.  8-10am; 8:10am kids dash, 8:20am 5k.  $10 Kids Dash, $35 5k ($45 starting Nov. 27), $55 Race & Trail Support.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@monticello.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9800. 
 
December 2, Sunday
THE 5TH ANNUAL GREAT CHARLOTTESVILLE SANTA FUN RUN & WALK
The Arc of the Piedmont.
This 1-mile stroller/wheelchair-friendly course starts and finishes on the downtown mall. Families and pets welcome. Proceeds benefit Arc of the Piedmont. The Sprint Pavilion.  9-10:30am check-in, 11am run/walk.  $10 early bird child, $15 child, $20 early bird adult.  All ages welcome.  Email: bharris@arcpva.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-4002. 
 
December 8-9, Saturday-Sunday
FROSTBITE TOURNAMENT
SOCA.
Watch SOCA's recreation teams as they compete in a fun and friendly soccer environment. Participation is open to teams participating in SOCA's Recreational League, and the event is open to the public to attend. South Fork Soccer Park.  Directions: 1685 Polo Grounds Rd.  8am-5pm both days.  $Free admission for spectators, $230-$250 registration fee for teams.  All ages welcome.  Email: soca@socaspot.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-975-5025. 
 
December 2, 5, 8 & 30
UVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on our 'Hoos at home! John Paul Jones Arena.  Varies by date.  $52-$150.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Thursdays
HOO-VILLE COMMUNITY FUN RUNS
Come enjoy these new, weekly fun runs across UVA grounds. Join staff, faculty, students and other community members while getting active. All levels and abilities welcome. Runs range from 2 to 5 miles. Walkers also welcome! Ragged Mountain Running shop, The Corner.  5:30-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: askhr@virginia.edu. For more info call: 982-0123. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
UVA CAVALIERS
University of Virginia.
Go Hoos!!! Youth Day games provide extra treats for the kids! Season schedule and games scores available through web link. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-5631. 
 
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November 15, Thursday
CUENTOS Y CANCIONES BILINGUAL STORYTIME
JMRL - Central Library.
Enjoy a special storytime in both English and Spanish featuring favorite stories, rhymes and songs in both languages to help you and your little one learn some basic Spanish. JMRL - Central Library.  4-4:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
November 19, Monday
PICTURE BOOK PARTY
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
November is National Picture Book Month--a time to celebrate how these texts have touched readers around the world for generations. Picture books aren't just for the itty bitty; readers of all ages are invited to bring their favorites to share aloud or pass around. The library will have new favorites for you to experience, too. JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.  7-8pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
November 3, 10 & 24, Saturdays
STORYTIMES AT NEW DOMINION BOOKSHOP
New Dominion Bookshop.
Head to New Dominion on the first, second and fourth Saturdays of November to enjoy special storytime sessions, lead by the authors themselves. November 3: Mark Loewen reads from "What Does a Princess Really Look Like?"; November 10: Helen Williamson reads from "Adventures in Dinglewood"; November 24: J. Robin Albertson-Wren reads from "Mindfulness for Kids" New Dominion Bookshop.  11am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: staff@ndbookshop.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-2552. 
 
September 24-November 26, Monthly on Final Mondays
SPANISH MOVES WITH ALI
JMRL - Central Library.
This bilingual session will get kids moving while learning Spanish and enjoying stories and rhymes. Central Library.  12-12:30pm.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
December 3, Monday
FROZEN PARTY
JMRL - Central Library.
All ages are invited to the library to enjoy this Frozen-themed winter morning. Songs, stories and themed activities will be incorporated into the event. JMRL - Central Library.  10:30-11:15am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
November 27, December 4 & 11
BLANKETS & BOOKS: EVENING STORYTIME
JMRL - Crozet Library.
As we nestle into the fall season, head to the library for three special storytimes. Wear your pajamas, bring a special blanket or stuffed animal and get ready to snuggle in and listen to some cozy stories before bedtime. JMRL - Crozet Library.  6:30-7pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 4 to 6.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
December 14-16 & 21-23, Friday-Sunday
HOLIDAY LANTERN TOURS
The Frontier Culture Museum.
Come catch glimpses of Christmas Past and experience stories from around the world during the evening Holiday Lantern Tour at Staunton's Frontier Museum. Tickets go on sale November 1. Ages 3-plus. The Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  Directions: 1209 Richmond Rd.  6-8pm.  $13 children (under 13); $15 adults.  Email: visitor.center@frontiermuseum.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
August 25-December 29, Saturdays
DROP-IN STORIES AND MORE
JMRL - Gordon Ave Library.
Add some brain-building to your errands. Stop by on Saturdays for stories, movement and early literacy. This recurring event offers Sing, Talk, Read and Play fun for the young. JMRL - Gordon Ave Library.  11-11:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
Third Saturdays
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: BILINGUAL STORYTIME
Barnes and Noble.
Bilingual Storytime for Children is held the third Saturday of each month. Readings will be done by Ali Sullivan of Spanish Moves! Cuentos bilingües para Niños este evento se celebra el cuarto sábado de cada. Las lecturas serán realizadas por Ali Sullivan de movimientos españoles! Ven y participa en la hora de los cuentos bilingues el tercer sábado de cada mes. Habrá cuentos, canciones y actividades. Charlottesville Barnes and Noble.  11am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
Final Saturdays
SATURDAY STORIES
JMRL - Central.
Stop by for a special storytime treat in the Children’s Room the last Saturday of the month. All families are welcome, including stuffed animals. Donuts with Dad will be a specialty storytime offered February 24. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151 . 
 
Saturdays
STORYTIME AT NEW DOMINION BOOKSHOP
New Dominion Bookshop.
Young children welcome to come to the mezzanine of the bookshop. A staff member will read classic, as well as new books to the group. New Dominion Bookshop.  Directions: 404 East Main St..  11am & 1pm.  $free.  Contact: Julia Kudravetz.  Email: ndb@cstone.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-2552. 
 
STORYTIME EVENTS
In addition to all of the regular Storytimes planned around town each week there are sometimes extra special events. Look to the AF Kid's Events and Activities Calendar for Storytime Events to find visits from costumed characters, theme parties, live storytimes on the radio, and more.
 
Wednesdays September-December
TODDLER TIME
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
A program for babies and toddlers emphasizing simple concepts, patterns and unconditional acceptance. This 20-minute activity includes books, songs, fingerplays and flannel board stories. Scottsville Library.  10am.  $Free.  Email: scottsville@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3541. 
 
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November 18, Sunday
PARAMOUNT AT THE MOVIES PRESENTS: WEST SIDE STORY
The Paramount Theater.
The film is an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was inspired by William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. The Paramount Theater.  2pm.  $7 adults, $5 12 & under.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
November 8-11 & 15-18, Thursday-Sunday
SWEENEY TODD MUSICAL
The Wayne Theatre.
Stephen Sondheim's and Hugh Wheeler's tasty, thrilling, theatrical treat has simultaneously shocked, awed and delighted audiences across the world. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  Directions: 521 W. Main St.  7pm Thursday-Saturday, 3pm Sunday.  $22 adults, $15 students.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 9, Sunday
MOSCOW BALLET PRESENTS: THE GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
The Paramount Theater.
Experience the exquisite artistry of world-class Russian dancers, the exuberant jig of playful puppets and the unmatched splendor of hand crafted sets and costumes. The Paramount Theater.  4pm & 8pm.  $31-$178.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@theparamount.net. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-227-7592. 
 
December 15, Saturday
CHARLOTTESVILLE BALLET PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER
The Wayne Theatre.
Sweeten your holiday season with Charlottesville Ballet's production of the classic holiday ballet. Academy Center of the Arts, Lynchburg.  Directions: Historic Academy of Music Theatre, 600 Main St.  2pm & 5pm.  $15-$75.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-846-8499. 
 
November 30-December 16
THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER
Four County Players.
This holiday-themed production, written by Barbara Robinson and directed by Jane Gargett, will be presented on the Mainstage. Four County Players Mainstage, Barboursville.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-5355. 
 
December 4-30
A CHRISTMAS CAROL AT THE BLACKFRIARS PLAYHOUSE
American Shakespeare Center.
Don't miss this beloved holiday classic brought to life onstage. Experience the traditional tale with new twists, turns and surprises, and enjoy a festive production filled with music and cheer fitting for the whole family. The Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton.  Directions: 10 S. Market St.  Varies by date.  $20-$57.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733. 
 
THEATRE PERFORMANCE GROUPS
Charlottesville-Albemarle is filled with talent! Your young dancer or actor is sure to find a class or group to enjoy. Look to our AF Guide to Kids Recreation Year-Round to find many terrific organizations offering dance classes and theatre classes. Also, watch the Family Events and Festivals Calendar for specific performances and review the AK Guide to Family Fun Year-Round to see which groups do shows for families.
 

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